Thomas Jefferson Sneaks Back into Texas Textbooks Thomas Jefferson Sneaks Back into Texas Textbooks
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Thomas Jefferson Sneaks Back into Texas Textbooks

by Nikhil Swaminathan

May 26, 2010
No surprise here: The Texas State Board of Education voted to approve changes to the state's social studies curriculum by a margin of 9 to 5 down party lines. (Natch.) But, it wasn't a total miscarriage of justice, as Thomas Jefferson—who you may recall was the third president of the United States—snuck back into the curriculum at the last minute.

According to a post on the Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers blog:
The deletion of Jefferson -- whose separation of church-state philosophy doesn't get high marks among Christian conservatives -- sparked a flurry of criticism on cable TV, where some pundits held the board up to ridicule. So today, members put Jefferson back on the list of writers including John Locke, Thomas Aquinas and William Blackstone.
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Thomas Jefferson Sneaks Back into Texas Textbooks