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Content of Proposed New State Textbooks Creates Controversy…Again

The Texas Board of Education is considering more than 100 proposed social studies, history, geography and government textbooks that publishers have submitted for approval for use in public schools statewide. New textbooks have not been adopted in Texas since 2002. The board won’t take a final vote until November. However, a public hearing the state […]

The Texas Board of Education is considering more than 100 proposed social studies, history, geography and government textbooks that publishers have submitted for approval for use in public schools statewide. New textbooks have not been adopted in Texas since 2002. The board won’t take a final vote until November.

However, a public hearing the state board held earlier this month makes it clear that not everyone is in agreement about what should be included in these instructional materials. We take a look at the current controversy surrounding these materials and we examine how the board reviews and selects instructional materials for public schools.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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