Published Online: February 18, 2014
Published in Print: February 19, 2014, as Texas Restricts Influence of Text-Advisory Boards

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Texas Restricts Influence of Text-Advisory Boards

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The Texas board of education has approved tighter rules on who can serve on volunteer panels that scrutinize textbooks.

Tension over the issue has been building for years in the state, where the textbook market is so large that changes can affect the industry nationwide. Critics complained that a few activists with religious or ideological objections had too much power to shape what students learn.

Among the changes approved late last month is a mandate that teachers or professors be given priority for serving on the textbook panels for subjects in their areas of expertise.

Vol. 33, Issue 21, Page 5

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