At long last, Thomas Jefferson returns to the State Board of Education’s world history standards, where he had been excised to great controversy earlier.

Moments ago, board members voted to approve the final language, after an extended and testy debate between board social conservatives, moderate and liberal members.

The proposed standard now reads: “Explain the political philosophies of individuals such as John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Voltaire, Charles de Montesquieu, Jean Jacques Rousseau, William Blackstone, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and Thomas Jefferson.” Jefferson also appears elsewhere in the standards, from where he was never removed.

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