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Proposal to teach slavery as ‘involuntary relocation’ sent to Texas education board

A group of nine educators submitted the idea to the State Board of Education, which directed the group to revisit the language, the Texas Tribune reported.

By The Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas — Public schools in Texas would describe slavery to second graders as “involuntary relocation” under new social studies standards proposed to the state’s education board.

A group of nine educators submitted the idea to the State Board of Education as part of Texas’ efforts to develop new social studies curriculum, according to the Texas Tribune. The once-a-decade process updates what children learn in the state’s nearly 8,900 public schools.

A formerly enslaved man and his wife sit on the steps of a decaying plantation house in Green County, Ga., in 1937.Dorothea Lange / Library of Congress

“The board — with unanimous consent — directed the work group to revisit that specific language,” Keven Ellis, chair of the Texas State Board of Education, said in a statement, according to the Tribune.

Board member Aicha Davis, a Democrat who represents Dallas and Fort Worth, raised concerns during a June 15 meeting that the term wasn’t a fair representation of the slave trade. The board sent the draft back for revision, urging the educator group to “carefully examine the language used to describe events.”

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