Ohio Bill Would Require Teaching Historical Texts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio high school students would face more stringent requirements to read the state and federal constitutions, the Declaration of Independence and other historical documents under a bill that's been approved by the Ohio House.

State curriculum and proficiency test standards already require classroom instruction on such fundamental documents, beginning in fourth grade.

The Ohio Christian Alliance and other critics say the information is filtered through summaries and analysis that give a flawed view. Their "founding documents" bill would require children to read the original texts. It passed the GOP-led House Tuesday 62-31, and heads back to the Senate.

Opponents objected to the bill's failure to list the Bill of Rights, Emancipation Proclamation and other historical texts. Others say it will mean extra work and cost for school districts and teachers.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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