Texas says no to liberal professors choosing textbooks

Dec 10, 2015 by

The Texas State Board of Education narrowly defeated a proposal that would have created a panel to identify textbook errors.

The Texas State Board of Education voted down an amendment proposed by its vice chairman, Thomas Ratliff, that would have created a board of college and university professors to review textbooks for possible adoption in school curriculums.

Education writer and activist Donna Garner of EducationViews.com explains the board did the right thing by voting against the amendment.

“According to Inside Higher Ed in 2012, among full time faculty members at four-year colleges and universities, the percentage identifying themselves as far-left, liberal, or middle-of-the-road is 88.1 percent,” she tells OneNewsNow.

Because Texas spends tens of millions of dollars each year on new textbooks, publishers often create textbooks for the Lone Star State and then sell those same books to schools in other states.

She says the fight may not be over. The vote in November was on the first reading of the amendment and it may come up again in future meetings.

“In Texas, there is an opportunity for a second reading, so these amendments can still pop up in the January 2016 meeting,” she says.

 

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