The Texas Board of Education delayed preliminary approval for one biology textbook because of concerns raised by citizen reviewers over the book’s content on evolution. The review panel raised twenty criticisms, including on lessons on natural selection. The publisher, Pearson Education, thus far has refused to make the changes suggested by the review panel.
The Board ultimately voted to pick three outside experts to further scrutinize the book. Final votes on all science textbooks will occur in January.
The Texas Board of Education arguably has less influence than in past years because of a change in state law that allows school districts to choose their own textbooks. Most schools, however, continue to use the books approved by the Board. Because of the size of the Texas textbook market, it’s actions influence publishers and consequently has implications for textbooks available in other states.
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