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Texas' Proposed New Math Standards Draw Criticism

Some say new texts are too incoherent

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    A maths teacher uses his white board to teach students.

    Texas' new set of proposed K-12 math curriculum standards are drawing fire from an influential business organization and others who say they aren't rigorous enough.

    The State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the 10-year requirements in January and they are up for final passage by the 15-member board Friday.

    Textbook publishers are waiting for that approval so they can begin producing classroom materials.

    But Texas Association of Business President Bill Hammond says the new curriculum is so broad that it's incoherent in some areas and won't adequately prepare students in algebra.

    Hammond and other critics will address the board of education Wednesday.

    Sensitive to critics' concerns, board members have modified the proposed curriculum and could make more changes -- though that may delay a vote on final approval.