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Texas Board of Education to vote on new textbooks Friday

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas State Board of Education has added President Barack Obama's name to a high school history class, rather than just referring to the election of the first black president.

The change Thursday came only after a tense debate about whether to include Obama's middle name, which is Hussein.

The board is debating social studies standards that will be used to teach some 4.8 million students for the next 10 years.

A final vote is expected Friday.

The board had been criticized for not including Obama's name.

Democrat Lawrence Allen offered an amendment to add it.

Republican David Bradley then said, "I think we give him the full honor and privilege of his full name."

Democrats bristled.

Bradley finally withdrew his amendment, saying it was "to put an end to the whining."

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