Protesters pack meeting on education changes

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GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of students, parents and teachers are rallying at a school board meeting to oppose proposed changes to curriculum that promote patriotism and downplay civil disobedience in some suburban Denver U.S. history courses.

Turnout was so high that the teachers union streamed video from the meeting room — which holds a couple hundred people — on a big screen in the parking lot outside.

Students across a majority of the 17 high schools in Colorado's second-largest school district have left classes in droves over the past few weeks, waving signs and flags in protests organized by word of mouth and social media.

Eighteen-year-old Chatfield High School senior Ashlyn Maher has been helping organize protests. She doesn't want the board to move on next to reviewing curriculum of other classes, such as AP literature, and deciding which books students can read.

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