Texas public schools textbooks debate turns to evolution, climate change
POSTED: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 11:14am
AUSTIN, Texas — The State Board of Education is once again sparking fierce debate following a Tuesday meeting on how the next generation of science textbooks will address evolution and climate change.
About 60 science experts, parents and activists testified during a packed public hearing before the board, which will vote in November on proposed textbooks and digital books in math, science and technology that could be used beginning next fall by most of the state’s more than 5 million public school students.
“I think the mood is much more balanced and academic versus political. I am confident the SBOE will maintain our focus on an open, transparent and rigorous adoption process for instructional materials and ensure that science is taught in science class,” said State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff, R-Mount Pleasant, on Tuesday.
In the spotlight this time are seven proposed high school biology books that could be used in classrooms at least through 2022. Biology textbooks now used in local classrooms were adopted in 2004-05, administrators said.
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