School textbooks in Texas have come under heavy criticism in recent years, most notably for teaching that slavery was a "side issue" to the Civil War, downplaying evolution while adding "creationism" to science textbooks and referring to African slaves brought to America as "immigrant workers."
After public outcry, the Texas State Board of Education considered allowing a group of university professors to do an academic review of the textbooks. Yesterday the Board of Education rejected the proposal, voting 8-7 with all Republicans on the board voting against the proposal. From Board vice chairman Thomas Ratliff, R-Mount Pleasant:
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc