Turnout Small for Public Hearing over A.D./B.C. Flap

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State officials say only 60 people showed up for a public hearing today to debate over the state changing the A-D and B-C historic designations in classrooms.

Officials at the Department of Education said they had expected nearly 200 people to attend the hearing, that's why they moved it to a Frankfort auditorium.

The issue arose in April when the state education board approved a measure that would change the acronyms B.C. for Before Christ and A.D. for Anno Domini, Latin for in the year of the Lord.

The proposal calls for adding C.E., or Common Era, and B.C.E., Before Common Era.

The state held the hearing to gather public comments about the change. Lisa Gross, spokeswoman for the Department of Education, said the comments will be presented to the state education board at its meeting in June.