The State Board of Education in Texas has voted to remove several historical figures, including Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller, from the state’s social studies curriculum.
Barbara Cargill, a Texas Republican and member of the board, told The Dallas Morning News that “the recommendation to eliminate Helen Keller and Hillary Clinton was made by [Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills] work groups.”
“However the board did vote to agree with the work groups’ recommendations,” Cargill noted. “In speaking to teachers and testifiers, they did not mention these specific deletions.”
The 15-member body reportedly made the decision on Friday as part of an overall effort to “streamline” the state’s social studies curriculum.
Members of the volunteer work group that made the recommendation to the board argued that the state requires children to learn about too many historical figures.
The Hill reports:
Texas high school students have been required to learn about Clinton after the former first lady made history in 2016 by becoming the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major political party.
Texas third-grade students have also been required to learn about Keller, who went on to become the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree and later led a life of activism.
Though the vote on Friday was preliminary, the board is scheduled to cast a final vote on today’s decision this coming November.