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Minnesota Adopts New Social Studies Standards

Posted at: 04/17/2013 7:10 AM

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota is moving ahead with new standards for teaching social studies.
    
State Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and Gov. Mark Dayton have approved the standards. That clears the way for the Minnesota Department of Education to complete the remaining steps in the rulemaking process.
    
Once the standards are adopted, teachers and district staff across Minnesota can start implementing them.
    
In March, an administrative law judge mediated a dispute between the state Department of Education and a group made up mostly of conservatives who said the standards reflect an "anti-American" and liberal bias.
    
The judge ruled that the new standards are "needed and reasonable" and can be adopted for the 2013-2014 school year.
    
The new standards were developed and unanimously approved by a committee of educators, parents, business and government representatives.

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