One thing is certain about the state Republicans' impact on education - they have succeeded in renaming a high school history course.
The state Board of Education is set to rename a high school U.S. history course "American History I - The Founding Principles" as a new law requires.
The GOP-led legislature passed a law this year requring schools teach a course that includes: "The Creator-endowed inalienable rights of the people; structure of government; separation of powers with checks and balances; frequent and free elections in a representative government; rule of law; equal justice under the law; private property rights; federalism; due process; individual rights set forth in the Bill of Rights, and individual responsibility.
Under the law, students must pass the course to graduate.
The state Department of Public Instruction says the curriculum the board adopted last year for courses in civics and economics and U.S. history includes instruction on all the principles legislators want taught. Staff has gone through the curriculum to note the points in the history course where teachers can emphasize these principles.