State Board Of Education’s Influence Over Textbooks Wanes

AUSTIN (September 15, 2013)--The State Board of Education holds a public hearing this week on proposed science textbooks and it’s sure to re-ignite old battles over how to teach evolution and climate change in Texas classrooms.

But a law passed by the state Legislature in 2011 gives school districts across the state more leeway to choose their own instructional materials, including textbooks that may not have won board approval in the past, which means the ideological fight surrounding Tuesday's hearing before the board may be tamer than in years past.

Still, some citizen reviewers working with the board have already raised concerns about some science books the board is considering.

They want the books to take a more skeptical approach to both global warming and evolution.

Meanwhile, some science experts say they must fight to keep ideology from creeping into classrooms statewide.

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