The South Carolina Board of Education has approved the purchase of $1.2 million in error-ridden history textbooks.
The board, acting this month, approved the purchase of the six history books provided that the publishers agree to make corrections, develop an error-correction process, and assume financial liability if they are not able to correct the books in time for next fall.
Researchers at the state education department had identified 210 errors in three of the six titles to be purchased for highschool history classes.
In January, the board voted to delay consideration of the texts after a school-board member noticed that three of the books recommended for adoption had also come under fire in Texas for errors. (See Education Week, Jan. 22, 1992.)
The Texas state board finally approved those books this month.
An article on teacher furloughs in the Feb. 12, 1992 issue incorrectly identified Jewell Gould. He is the research director for the American Federation 0f Teachers.