New social studies curriculum get first hearing

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ The leader of the State Board of Education says the board doesn't want to remove civil rights leaders Cesar Chavez and Thurgood Marshall from state requirements.

Board chairwoman Gail Lowe made the comments Thursday as the board opened its first hearing on new social studies curriculum. Feedback from a board-appointed advisory panel has fueled disagreements over the importance that should be given to civil rights leaders. Both Chavez and Marshall remain in the current proposal.

The months-long process will establish classroom standards for Texas teachers for the next decade. The standards include everything from the Great Depression and President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal to the election of President Barack Obama.