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Burqas in class prompt TEA review
by Cassie Smith
Controversy surrounding a Lumberton High School social studies class that had students don burqas as part of a cultural lesson plan has prompted the Texas Education Agency to launch a review into the course materials used in all state public schools.
TEA spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson said her office has received a number of complaints about the incident, which made national headlines last week when a photo of Lumberton teens wearing burqas, traditional Islamic women's garb, went viral on the Internet.
Superintendant John Valestro said last week the course material was presented out of context, and was meant only to educate students about world geography, including religion and customs of other countries.
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