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School literature standards spark war over words

WASHINGTON — As states across the country implement broad changes in curriculum from kindergarten through high school, English teachers worry that they will have to replace the dog-eared novels they love with historical documents and nonfiction texts.

The Common Core State Standards in English, which have been adopted in 46 states and the District of Columbia, call for public schools to build up nonfiction so that by 12th grade, students will be reading mostly ‘‘informational text’’ instead of fictional literature.

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