AUSTIN (AP) – The State Board of Education is set for a potentially fiery preliminary vote on more than 100 history and social studies textbooks up for approval for classroom use across America’s second-largest state.
Academics and activists on the left have criticized the books for exaggerating the influence of Moses and other biblical figures on American democracy. Conservative experts, however, complain that they are too politically correct, ignoring connections between radical Islam and modern terrorism.
Such book approvals have for years been tense and attracted national attention. Because Texas is such a large textbook market, content produced here can influence what’s sold elsewhere.
Even before Tuesday’s vote, the board’s 10 Republicans and five Democrats will hear public testimony further decrying the proposed books — making for still more raw emotion.
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