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AUSTIN (AP) – A Texas panel is again attempting to approve new history and social studies textbooks for use in classrooms across America’s second largest state.

The previous vote by the State Board of Education collapsed amid widespread criticism.

The Republican-controlled board is considering around 100 books and software lessons and must decide by Friday in time for Texas’ 5-plus million public school students to get them next fall.

Decrying the books for months have been academics, experts and activists on the right and left. Some worry they are too sympathetic to Islam. Others say they exaggerate the importance of Moses on the formation of American democracy.

But a key board vote Tuesday stalled amid worries some books were influenced by Common Core, national math and English curriculum standards outlawed in Texas.

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