Judge Approves New Social Studies Standards

Created: 03/25/2013 3:40 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

An administrative law judge has cleared the way for new standards on teaching social studies in Minnesota public schools.
The Star Tribune reports Judge Barbara Neilson mediated a dispute between the state Department of Education and a group of mainly conservatives who criticized the standards for removing the role of God-given rights from discussions and unfairly called the U.S. a "democracy" rather than a "republic."
The conservative group included a number of Republican legislators and was led by Education Liberty Watch.
The Star Tribune reports Neilson says the new standards are "needed and reasonable" and can be adopted for the 2013-2014 school year.
The department says the standards are the result of a series of public meetings and consultation with social studies teachers and experts.

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