Oklahoma state lawmakers apparently are backing off a proposed ban on Advanced Placement U.S. history courses in the state’s public high schools. The ban cleared the House Common Education Committee in a 11-4 vote last week, with the bill’s author, Republican Rep. Dan Fisher, claiming the courses focus on “what is bad about America.” But after a wave of criticism, Fisher is rewriting the bill to simply ask the state school board to review AP history. Meanwhile, Kansas educators are concerned that a bill in the Legislature to block Common Core education standards might also prohibit all AP courses and the International Baccalaureate program. – Phillip Brownlee
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