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Ohio Lawmakers Strike Deal on Historical Documents

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A compromise has been struck between sponsors of an Ohio bill that would require students in grades 4-12 be taught the original texts of the state and U.S. constitutions, the Declaration of Independence and other  documents.

Different versions of the bill passed both Republican-led chambers of the state Legislature last year. But the Senate in January rejected the House changes to the bill. Lawmakers have been working out technical differences in a conference committee.

The panel on Tuesday was to consider a suggested compromise that clarifies that high school students would have to take two end-of-course examinations - one for American history and another for American government. It also would require that at least 20 percent of the American government exam relate to the founding documents by the 2013-2014 school year.