- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Latest on California’s adoption of a new history teaching framework (all times local):

6:35 p.m.

California is a step closer to adopting a new history and social studies teaching framework aimed at reflecting the state’s diverse student population.

The state Instructional Quality Commission approved the document on Thursday, after three hours of public testimony. The issue now goes to the Board of Education, which has final say over the new teaching guidelines for California’s 6.2 million students.

The process for approving a framework last overhauled in 2000 has been long and contentious.

Much of Thursday’s testimony came from people divided over how to teach ancient Indian civilization to 6th and 7th graders. Commissioners ultimately rejected suggestions to refer to ancient India as South Asia.

For higher grades, the guidelines call for more details about Filipino contributions to the U.S. effort during World War II as well as a section about human trafficking focused on Asian “comfort women” taken by the Japanese military to serve as sex slaves during World War II.

5:30 p.m.

A California advisory board is meeting to update a new history and social studies framework that they say will greater reflect the state’s diverse student population.

The Instructional Quality Commission, meeting in Sacramento, is expected to vote Thursday on the document. The plan then goes to the state Board of Education for consideration.

Debate about the plan over the past decade has been painstaking and emotional, peppered with testimony from ethnic groups who want something different in how their people are presented in textbooks and discussed in classrooms.

Nearly two-thirds of California’s 6.2 million students are Latino or Asian, and many are from newly immigrated families.

Teachers will use the framework as a road map for instruction. Publishers will use it to update textbooks.

It was last overhauled in 2000.


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