How do you teach the history of the world in California schools, where nearly two-thirds of students are Latino or Asian, many from newly immigrated families?

That's the challenge facing a California panel charged with establishing a new history and social studies framework for millions of public school students.

On Thursday, the Instructional Quality Commission is scheduled to consider whether to forward a proposed plan to the California Board of Education.

Debate about the plan over the past decade has been painstaking and emotional, peppered with testimony from ethnic groups who want something different in how their people are presented in textbooks and discussed in classrooms.

The framework will guide the material that publishers include in textbooks. It was last overhauled in 2000.