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Panel Finds 'Serious Flaws' in SBOE-Backed Social Studies Textbooks
Independent reviewers find more than a dozen factual distortions
DAILY News  September 10, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...An independent review of Texas social studies textbooks reveals distortions of history on topics ranging from religion and democracy to the free enterprise system and affirmative action, according to education watchdog Texas Freedom Network...."

Despite "Flawed" Process, SBOE Votes for Social Studies Textbooks
Vote on books falls along party lines
DAILY News  November 21, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...Instead of taking the time to review hundreds of pages of textbook revisions and public comments flooding the Texas Education Agency, a majority of the State Board of Education voted to approve contentious social studies textbooks Friday...."

News Roundup: Tragedies and Textbooks
Another officer-involved shooting; Waco shootout update
DAILY News  July 13, 2015, by the News Staff
"...In this week's News Roundup: A man is shot by APD after an allegedly reaching for a gun; a grand jury declines to indict the Round Rock officers responsible for fatally injuring a man in 2014; an educator highlights how 2010 textbooks white-out history following this month's growing controversy over the Confederate flag; and more...."

Rally Planned to Oppose Racist Mexican-American Textbooks
Coalition will hold rally before SBOE public hearing on Tuesday
DAILY News  September 12, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...On Tuesday, Sept. 13, academics, lawmakers, and activists are gearing up to fight against proposed Mexican-American textbooks deemed racially offensive and overflowing with historical errors...."

Publishers Remove Climate Change Denialism From Textbooks
Pressure from science, education groups leads to revisions
DAILY News  November 17, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...After outcry from science and education advocacy groups, two of the state’s largest textbooks publishers have rid their books of climate change denialism...."

SBOE Approves an Evolution in Texas Textbooks
Over loud objections, the State Board of Education voted to approve high school biology textbooks discussing evolution.
News Story  November 14, 2003, by Michael King
"...In what turned out to be something of an anticlimax, the State Board of Education voted last week to approve adoption of all 11 of the high school biology textbooks recommended by Texas Education Agency staff, following professional and public review. After months of high-profile debates over the treatment of evolution in the various texts, both supporters and opponents had been expecting at least some debating fireworks..."

News Roundup: Textbooks, Buehler, and More
Your Monday morning news update
DAILY News  October 27, 2014, by the News Staff
"...• Revising the Revisionists: While several errors remain in Texas’ troubled history textbooks, publishers have taken steps to rid the books of (at least) some of their glaring factual inaccuracies, according to education watchdog Texas Freedom Network. In September, a TFN-selected group of academic scholars discovered numerous politically motivated distortions on topics ranging from religion and democracy to the free enterprise system and affirmative action in books reviewed by appointees selected by the largely right-wing State Board of Education..."

SBOE Member Wants to “Deny Hispanics” Vote on Racist Mexican-American Textbooks
Education watchdog reveals e-mail exchange after public info request
DAILY News  September 21, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...While some Republican board members expressed dissatisfaction with the Mexican American Heritage book, e-mails obtained through a Public Information Act request by progressive education watchdog Texas Freedom Network highlight one right-wing conservative member’s desire to strip Latinos of seeing the textbooks voted against...."

ACC Teaches Without Textbooks
Open-source resources help keep education affordable
News Story  December 20, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...As enrollment for the spring semester at Austin Community College gets underway, the school is encouraging students to consider signing up for "Z-classes," which help make college more affordable by eliminating the need for costly textbooks. The courses cover a variety of subjects across a range of degree pathways, but they all have one thing in common: None require the purchase of a textbook..."

New Textbooks Damaging
Postmarks  December 2, 2004
"...To the editor, Re: "Texas Remains Sexless" [News, Nov. 12]. The new textbooks passed by the State Board of Education are going to have serious repercussions in teen pregnancies and STDs..."

The Revisionaries
When it comes to choosing public-school textbooks, what happens in Texas is of national concern – and this documentary captures these culture wars in full bloom.
Film Review  October 26, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...As goes Texas, so goes the nation – at least that’s true in the matter of selecting which textbooks are to appear in public-school classrooms across the land. Because of its size and population, the choices made by officials in Texas (and California) strongly influence the nature of what is produced by textbook publishers and, consequently, what is available for purchase in the 48 other states..."

Science Groups Demand Textbook Publishers Remove Climate Change Denialism
Social studies textbooks under fire for climate change errors
DAILY News  November 12, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...Textbooks publishers are guilty of including inaccurate and misleading information about climate change in new social studies books, charged science advocates and university scholars during a press call Wednesday afternoon...."

State Board of Education Rejects Racist Mexican-American Textbook
Board votes unanimously to dump controversial, error-riddled book
DAILY News  November 16, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Some textbooks are too politicized for even the State Board of Education to accept. In a unanimous vote this morning, Republican and Democratic SBOE members preliminarily shot down a controversial Mexican-American studies textbook, after months of debate and rallies against the text...."

SBOE Evades an Initial Vote on Social Studies Books
Right-wing claims books too pro-Islam, promote Communist values
DAILY News  November 19, 2014, by Mary Tuma
"...A handful of testifiers represented the coalition of academics (organized by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund) that independently analyzed the textbooks in September and discovered several ideologically driven factual inaccuracies, including gross exaggerations of Moses’ influence on America’s founding. (Mentioning Moses, the text reads: The “biblical idea of a covenant, an ancient Jewish term meaning a special kind of agreement between the people and God, influenced the formation of colonial governments and contributed to our constitutional structure.”)..."

Dying in Committee, Part 7
Don't ask why some bills pass and some don't. The answer will make your head spin.
DAILY News  May 11, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...Representatives heard that the textbook trade in Texas, worth $1 billion per annum, is dominated by a handful of large firms. Witnesses said they regularly update books when they do not need to or bundle in needless, price-boosting material like unrelated textbooks, workbooks, and software..."

Show Me Love
Days after seeing Show Me Love (in Swedish, with English subtitles), my maxillary muscles are still smarting from grinning so much at this almost unbearably sweet and spot-on dissection of...
Film Review  April 7, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...The fact that the teen in question -- the lovely Alexandra Dahlstrom's shy misfit Agnes -- is a lesbian is almost beside the point. When she falls for the cliquish blond bombshell Elin (Liljeberg) and begins scribbling her unrequited's name all over her junior-high textbooks, it's too close to home to remain unaffected; the film draws you in by virtue of the familiar..."

Austin Film Festival: 61 Bullets
The Kingfish, the doctor, and the doubters
DAILY Screens  October 29, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...Carl Weiss on September 8, 1935. At least that’s what the textbooks say..."

Making Everyone Happy
The state's textbook adoption process focuses more on pleasing everyone than on teaching children.
News Story  September 13, 2002, by Michael May
"...If we are what we teach, who shall decide what is taught? Texas' recent hearings on the statewide adoption of social studies textbooks, which began July 17 and ended Sept. 11, featured ordinary citizens and elected officials grappling with that question -- and, in a larger sense, defining our legacy as a state and a nation...."

War by the (Text)book
The State Board of Education's first public hearing on social studies textbooks confirmed that, underneath the thin cloak of bureaucratic civility, an ideological battle is raging over whose story the textbooks should tell.
News Story  July 26, 2002, by Michael May
"...The State Board of Education's first public hearing on social studies textbooks, held July 17, drew more than 60 citizens eager to voice their concerns about errors, biases, and omissions in the 150 books up for approval. The hearing confirmed that, underneath the thin cloak of bureaucratic civility, an ideological battle is raging over whose story the textbooks should tell...."

No Sex, Please, We're Texas
Progressive coalition challenges abstinence-only health textbooks
News Story  July 9, 2004, by Kimberly Reeves
"...The handful of conservatives who control the selection of the state's high school health textbooks is putting sexually active teens at risk, a coalition of advocacy groups says. The Protect Our Kids Campaign includes the Texas Freedom Network, which has taken the progressive side's lead in the recurring state textbook wars, and Planned Parenthood – as well as groups such as the Texas Association of Ob/Gyns, the Gray Panthers, the Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas, and the League of Women Voters...."

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