David Upham of the University of Dallas Politics Department sets us straight on the alleged curricular mayhem by the Texas Board of Education on the teaching of history in public schools. Upham wrote in the Wall Street Journal: "The board did not excise Thomas Jefferson, downplay constitutional religious freedom, or minimize the role of women and minorities. On the contrary, the curriculum is replete with specific references to Jefferson, religious freedom, the civil rights movement, and the achievements and struggles of women and minorities." Upham speaks both as a scholar, whose dissertation was on the 14th amendment, and an attorney with significant private practice. See him interviewed here. The proposed revisions can be found here, in the last section on the page.
A relatively sober example of the criticism can be found here. It was amusing to read how "Justice Hugo Black of the Supreme Court dug [the expression "separation of church and state"] out of history's dustbin in 1947." Of course that now in some circles sacred expression was a slogan of the anti-Catholic Ku Klux Klan, to which Black had belonged. The history and law are well-related in Philip Hamburger's magisterial Separation of Church and State.