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Publisher Withdraws Controversial Textbook In Texas

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' school board approved new history textbooks Friday for use across the nation's second-largest state, but only after defe...

New Texas Textbooks Fail To Get Approval

AP | Will Weissert | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Board of Education couldn't muster the votes late Tuesday to grant preliminary approval for new history and social stu...

The Latest Texas Textbook Battle

AP | Will Weissert | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Board of Education is poised to vote Tuesday on more than 100 proposed social studies, history, geography and governme...

Rebecca Klein

These Biased Ideas Are Presented As Fact In Texas Curriculum Standards | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics

Proposed Texas social studies textbooks may be flawed, but state standards are likely to blame for the imperfections. In September, the nonprofit...

Rebecca Klein

These Proposed Texas Textbooks Get Climate Change Wrong | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green

The opposition to new social studies textbooks in Texas is building its case. Last week, critics contended some of the proposed books distorted histor...

Rebecca Klein

Texas Textbook Battle Heats Up With Claims Of Conservative Bias | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

Another battle could be brewing over Texas textbooks, this time because scholars say the proposed lessons distort history. New social studies books...

Texas Just Significantly Improved Its Textbook Review Process

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education imposed tighter rules Friday on the citizen review panels that scrutinize proposed textbooks, pote...

Texas May Actually Do Something Good For Textbooks

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education approved tighter rules on Friday dictating who can serve on volunteer panels that scrutinize textb...

Every Republican In This Statewide Race Wants Creationism In Public Schools

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics

Science advocates in Texas won a battle last month after the State Board of Education voted to approve new science textbooks that teach evolution. How...

Misquoting Science in the Texas Textbook Battles

James A. Shapiro | Posted 02.04.2014 | Science
James A. Shapiro

There is much that remains to be learned about the evolutionary process. Many problems remain without known solutions. But the sources of genome variation, including rapid changes throughout the genome, are no longer mysterious.

A Win For Science In Texas

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.22.2013 | Green

The Texas State Board of Education voted to approve a Houghton Mifflin environmental science textbook Friday, after some thought advocates for the oil...

Evolution Battle Engulfs Education Board Yet Again

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas boiled over at a late-night meeting, as the Board of Education exten...

No More Algebra II For Texas?

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education gave preliminary approval Thursday to dropping algebra II as a requirement for high school graduat...

Rebecca Klein

Are Special Interests 'Hijacking' Textbooks? | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.22.2013 | Green

As the Texas State Board of Education nears a vote on which science textbooks it will recommend to schools, a watchdog group is calling out advocates ...

A Problem with the Climate in Texas

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

In Texas, the State Board of Education will recommend new textbooks for all its students -- and because it has such a large population, what they decide could determine what students in other states learn about science. There are several ideologues submitting textbook critiques to the board and their reviews will factor into each book's overall score and likelihood of being approved by the school board. These ideologues could block the use of textbooks that teach the reality of climate change for the whole country's public school students. Climate science is being attacked by deniers who want to sow seeds of doubt as we try to educate our children about how our way of life -- including our fossil fuel habit -- is affecting God's earth through climate change. Children, the ones who will most be affected by climate change, are the ones who most need to how to combat it.

Texas Textbook Publishers Say No To Creationism

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

It appears that science is prevailing in the latest battle over Texas schoolbooks. Though earlier this year several of the state’s textbook revie...

Common Core Standards for Mathematics: The Real Issues

Edward Frenkel | Posted 12.10.2013 | Science
Edward Frenkel

The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) have been adopted by 45 states and District of Columbia, and are due for implementation in the fall of 2014, but controversy around these standards is continuing unabated -- alas, for all the wrong reasons.

Rebecca Klein

And The Texas Textbook Wars Continue... | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics

In what the Texas Freedom Network described as a “lopsided victory for science,” hundreds of teachers, parents, creationists and concerned citizen...

Rebecca Klein

Another Push For Creationism In Texas Textbooks | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics

Students in Texas will soon be reading biology textbooks that teach creationism if some of the state’s textbook review panelists have their way. ...

Allegations Of Texas Curriculum's 'Islamic Indoctrination' Refuse To Die, Despite Reports To Contrary

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.16.2013 | Education

Over a month after a Texas school district debunked allegations that their third-party curriculum was indoctrinating young students in Islam, the clai...

Muslim Bias? Texas Investigation Into Curriculum Finds Christian Bias Instead

Posted 12.13.2012 | Education

A chain email sent to Dallas-area school board members and district officials that prompted an investigation into alleged Islamic bias in the system's...

Trymaine Lee

Tea Party Group Pushes For Sunnier Side Of Slavery In Textbooks | Trymaine Lee | Posted 07.09.2012 | Black Voices

A little more than a year after the conservative-led state board of education in Texas approved massive changes to its school textbooks to put slavery...

Amanda Terkel

Progressives Aim To Combat Conservatives At Local Level | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Last year, the Texas State Board of Education became embroiled in national controversy when its efforts to adjust the state's social stu...

Texas Textbooks to Finally Tell U.S. History Right

Chris Michael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Chris Michael

"Our children need to be taught how our number one Founding Father, George Washington, was called to action by Jesus and died defending the Alamo," said Republican board member Terri Leo.

Texas Curriculum Changes Prompt Civil Rights Groups To Seek Review Of Public Schools In Lone Star State

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HOUSTON — Two civil rights organizations are seeking a federal review of public school education in Texas, accusing state school administrators ...