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Thursday, July 19, 2007

History channel

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2007 at 8:32 AM

Today's that meeting Education Director Ken James has scheduled with Tom Dillard of UA and others over historians' complaint that the new guidelines for teaching Arkansas history in public schools will diminsh the subject.

Those "others" include a marquee name who has devoted significant resources to Arkansas history. That would be former Sen. and Gov. David Pryor, whose gift jump-started the oral history project at UA. He has legendary powers of persuasion. And lots of friends. Gov. Mike Beebe has already declared there will be no changes in the Education Department plans. Might some new lobbying heft produce a different dynamic on the issue?

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