Michigan Department of Education to take questions on proposed social studies standards changes

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LANSING, MI (WILX) -- Changes could be coming to social studies standards for K-12 schools in Michigan for the first time in over a decade.

Michigan education officials have been traveling around the state to get parents feedback.

Thursday, Officials with the Michigan Department of Education will hold a public session on the standards at the Michigan Historical Center and Library on West Kalamazoo Street in Lansing.

The Michigan Department of Education last updated social studies standards in 2007.

Teachers, citizens and subject matter experts put the 2019 standards together, which include climate change, increased focus on LBGTQ rights, more localized topics, and the question of whether the U.S. is a democracy or a republic.

The Michigan Department of Education will be wrapping up its state-wide tour of "Listen and Learn Sessions" May 9.
The goal is to have finalized standards for the board to vote on in a June meeting.

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