Louisiana social studies standards review sparks controversy
A routine update of Louisiana’s social studies standards for K-12 public schools has been delayed amid criticism the proposed benchmarks would paint an overly negative picture of America on race relations and other issues.
State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley told The Advocate that because of the heavy feedback sparked by the review, he is pushing back the next public hearing of a 27-member committee overseeing the standards rewrite from July 31 to Sept. 25.
Louisiana’s public school course standards are supposed to be updated every seven years, but the social studies review already was several years later than scheduled. Brumley said the current process began in December. The review committee will make recommendations to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which has the final say on the standards.
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