- Associated Press - Friday, May 19, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has approved giving the Board of Education broader veto power over textbooks used across America’s second-largest state.

A bill passed Friday lets the board’s 15 elected members reject textbook content deemed not “suitable for the subject and grade level.”

That language was attached to a previously-approved House bill mandating only that instructional materials include “American principles.” It now heads back to the House, which can pass it or call a conference committee to reconcile the differences.

Education advocates worry it eliminates safeguards in place since 1995, which only allow the education board to make edits to textbooks so they better align with Texas curriculum. Board ideological battles over curriculum have long made national headlines.

Texas’ textbook market is large enough to affect material in other states.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide