Texas Board of Education sees its textbook influence wane

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by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on September 15, 2013 at 3:39 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The State Board of Education this week holds a public hearing on proposed science textbooks. 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.

That 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 more skepticism taught about global warming and evolution.

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

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