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Class Notes: AP exam to change after complaints
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After state leaders complained the course was “biased and inaccurate,” the Advanced Placement U.S. History course framework is changing.

In January, Senate Resolution 80, sponsored by state Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, demanded changes to the AP U.S. History framework created by the national College Board.

The curriculum framework — or teaching guide for AP U.S. history teachers — was introduced last year and implemented for the first time during the 2014-15 school year.

The resolution claimed the framework “reflects a radically revisionist view of American ... history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects.”

State School Superintendent Richard Woods called the changes “a big step in the right direction” in a statement.

“I noted earlier this year that I had deep concerns regarding the College Board’s new APUSH framework and testing because I did not believe our nation’s history was being represented with a balanced approach,” Woods said in the statement. “I was able to meet with the College Board’s president — at his request — a few months ago and had a frank conversation about my concerns. I’m pleased to see that many of the very concerns I addressed with him are reflected in the 2015-2016 APUSH frameworks.”

The changes to the framework include clarifying aspects of American history, such as the nation’s identity and unity; its ideals of liberty, citizenship and self-governance; its founding fathers and documents; and its role in the victories of World Wars I and II, particularly the contributions of American servicemen and women in those wars, to name a few.

The new framework for the course can be viewed at

Most local students return to school this week

Area residents should prepare for increased morning and afternoon traffic this week, as area schools resume.

Gainesville City Schools’ first day of class is Wednesday and the Hall County School District’s first day is Friday.

Heritage Academy in Gainesville will also begin Friday, but most other area private schools do not resume for a few more weeks. Lakeview Academy students start Aug. 19, and Riverside Military Academy cadets will return to fall classes Aug. 24.

Hall County’s Sally Krisel named president-elect of national association

Sally Krisel, Hall County Schools’ director of innovative and advanced programs, is the incoming president-elect of the National Association of Gifted Children.

Superintendent Will Schofield said, in an announcement last week, the selection is an honor that represents Krisel’s devotion to children in gifted and advanced programs.

Krisel said her term begins Sept. 1, at which point she will “hit the ground running to work with NAGC staff and convention committee to finalize the program for the national convention in Phoenix coming up in November.”

The convention is the nation’s largest for gifted learners.

The National Association for Gifted Children, headquartered in Washington, D.C., has more than 5,000 members dedicated to approximately 3 million gifted children in classrooms across the nation.

The association invests its resources to train teachers, encourage parents and educate policymakers on how to nurture potential talent.

Krisel will serve as president-elect for two years before becoming president in 2017.

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