Texas State Board of Education changing history designation to make "non-religious"

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The Texas State Board of Education got to work this week on setting standards for history classes in public schools.

In the proposed changes the board discussed it included dropping the uses of BC and AD in textbooks and replacing the time references with something "non-religious."

Instead of using BC (before Christ) and AD (anno domini - Latin for in the year of the Lord) the board wants the new books to use BCE (before the common era) and CE (common era) to distinguish the two time periods.

The board says the change has nothing to do with religion and has everything to do with accuracy when dealing with historical events.

This change has not yet been made permanent. The board is in the revision process and more hearings will be held this fall.

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