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December 4, 2006

TEKS need to be in the student textbook as well

80(R) HB 77 – Introduced version – Bill Text:

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK ADOPTION AND TEXTBOOK LISTS. (a) �For each subject and grade level, the State Board of Education shall adopt textbooks that contain all elements of the essential knowledge and skills of the subject and grade level, as determined by the State Board of Education under Section 28.002, in the student versions of the textbooks, as well as in the teacher versions of the textbooks.

Just guessing here but I would think this is an attempt to force textbook publishers to include “controversial” topics such as evolution and birth control in the students’ textbooks as well as the teachers’ versions. My impression has been that textbook publishers have been able to mollify the more conservative members of the State Board of Education (who, of course, have no political agenda) by leaving it up to the teachers to decide whether or not to address certain issues.

In fact, it takes away the SBOE’s authority although if the SBOE doesn’t decide if all the elements are included, I don’t know who would.

80(R) HB 77 – Introduced version – Bill Text:

[and] contains material covering all elements
  [each element] of the essential knowledge and skills of the subject
  and grade level in the student version of the textbook, as well as
  in the teacher version of the textbook;�[as determined by the State
  Board of Education under Section 28.002] and

In any case, I bet SBOE members aren’t going to be big supporters of this bill.

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