ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- An administrative law judge has cleared the way for new standards on teaching social studies in Minnesota public schools.
Judge Barbara Neilson mediated a dispute between the state Department of Education and a group of mainly conservatives who criticized the standards for removing the role of God-given rights from discussions and unfairly called the U.S. a "democracy" rather than a "republic."
The conservative group included a number of Republican legislators and was led by Education Liberty Watch.
The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/YCB1Q9 ) reports Neilson says the new standards are "needed and reasonable" and can be adopted for the 2013-2014 school year.
The department says the standards are the result of a series of public meetings and consultation with social studies teachers and experts.
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