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Texas OKs most new history textbooks amid outcry

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WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A Texas panel has approved 89 history and social studies textbooks for use in classrooms across America’s second-largest state, after one top publisher withdrew a book.

The Republican-controlled State Board of Education voted along party lines 10-5 Friday, sanctioning most proposed books and electronic lessons. It defeated six books, however, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt withdrew a high school government textbook.

Because Texas’ market is so large, textbooks published to meet its standards can affect those sold in other states.

Long decrying the books have been academics, experts and activists on the right and left. Some say they are too sympathetic to Islam. Others say they exaggerate Moses’ influence on American democracy.

But approval means the books will be ready for more than 5 million Texas public school students next fall.  

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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