Historical Designations Controversy

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The Kentucky Board of Education has reversed itself on a plan to overhaul historical date designations.

Wednesday the board, which includes six new members, decided to keep the traditional BC and AD designators and not use the secular terms that some say are becoming more common.

In April, the education board decided to use both the old terms and the new ones.

That earlier decision came after state education officials had recommended the board adopt a curriculum that incorporated CE and BCE date designators into students' learning. They stand for "common era" and "before common era."

Some had argued that the new terms are used on standardized tests.

But 10 of 11 board members voted Wednesday to use the traditional AD and BC abbreviations and to eliminate any references to the secular terms. The remaining board member did not attend the meeting.