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Texas House adds MLK and Frederick Douglass speeches to bill that would mandate teaching “informed American patriotism”

House Bill 4509 would mandate that students study documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Federalist Papers. The bill’s author added speeches from Black historical figures after criticism at a hearing last month.

A student walks down the hallway at Cactus Elementary School in Cactus on Jan. 28, 2020.

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