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Texas education board votes to keep Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller in history curriculum

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Texas State Board of Education is set to reverse an initial decision to remove Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller, and other historical female leaders from the curriculum after deliberating and taking preliminary votes earlier this week.

Clinton Gill, with the Texas State Teachers Association, said an effort to streamline curriculum across the state cannot come at the cost of these female leaders.

"These are important figures and students growing up need to know about them and their importance in the history of the United States and basically the entire world. They played key important parts in the history of the state and therefore, they need to be included in the curriculum for students," Gill said.

He said this decision is a victory for future leaders of the country. 

"We're glad that these opportunities to see what they can become, as they grow older, are going to be in the textbooks and part of the curriculum, so that women and young girls can see that they have aspirations as they continue to grow up," Gill said.

The initial decision in September to remove Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller from the history books?

Gill said it was clearly a political move. 

"It is very clear they wanted to remove some key Democratic figures so that young women, and even young men, wouldn't necessarily have to learn about them. It's important they're back in the curriculum because it shows that partisan politics are off the table," Gill said.

He said it also sends a key message other state lawmakers: less politics and more listening. 

"It truly shows people are listening to their constituents. In Texas, our legislators for so many years have done exactly what the lieutenant governor wants or the governor wants, and not necessarily what their constituents want. This was something that our legislators can learn from: To realize that when people speak, you need to listen," Gill said.

Gill said he expects the preliminary votes earlier this week to uphold the same decision when the board takes its final votes Friday.

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