Citizens complained after 'experts' recommended replacing Christmas with teaching of Diwali (Hindu/Buddhist), so the Texas State Board of Education announced that social studies textbooks will continue to include mention of Christmas.
-- From "Board decides to keep Christmas in textbooks" by Gary Scharrer, Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau 9/18/09
The board will not approve the new curriculum standards for public schools until next year, but wanted to assure constituents they will not accept a recommendation to yank Christmas.
The board met with consultants and educators appointed to develop new curriculum standards for textbooks covering history, government, sociology, economics and geography for the next decade.
Board members also signaled their intent to restore Rosh Hashanah as an example of a Jewish observance, in addition to Yom Kippur.
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