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Texas Board of Ed votes to pull Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller social studies curriculum

The Texas Board of Education on Friday declared the removal of the former Secretary of state Hillary Clinton of the national social studies curriculum.

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The Texas Board of Education on Friday declared the removal of the former Secretary of state Hillary Clinton of the national social studies curriculum.

The move comes as an effort to “streamline” of the social studies curriculum in the state, the Dallas Morning News first reported.

The voice was tentative, came after a 15-member of the board nominated for volunteer group created a scale to rank historical figures, to the effect that “it is essential to learn about, and who is not,” the Dallas Morning News reported. To determine their choices, the group asked a number of questions about the historical figures background and heritage.

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Clinton scored a 5 on the 20-point scale, while another figure that was also designated for removal, Hellen Keller, earned a 7.

Keller, who was blind and deaf, was known for her political activism, among other achievements.

“Eliminate Clinton from the requirements will save teachers in 30 minutes of instructional time, the work group estimated, and the elimination of the Keller saves 40 minutes,” the newspaper reported.

On the other hand, a number of historical Texas figures — such as Barbara Jordan, Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin and Henry B. González, among others — received a perfect score.

“Our task was to simplify. … We tried to be as objective as possible,” Misty Matthews, a teacher in Round Rock, Texas, told the publication, which added that the high school students in the state were in the past need to learn about Clinton, a former first lady and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate. The third graders were required to learn about Keller.

In addition, the council voted to add Billy Graham — the famous evangelist who died earlier this year — back in the curriculum.

What’s more, “the council also voted to add back in the curriculum, a reference to the “heroic deeds” of the defenders of the Alamo (something that was recommended for removal), as well as Moses’ influence on the writing of the founding documents, the multiple references to the “Judeo-Christian” values and a requirement that the students explain how the Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict in the Middle East,” the newspaper reported.

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While Clinton, Keller and other figures were eliminated, that does not mean that teachers in the state are prohibited from offering lessons about them; they are not obliged to do so.

The board will vote in November to complete the changes. Changes in the curriculum can be made for that time.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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