Lawmakers request review of book selection process

10:23 am | November 14, 2013

NASHVILLE — The heads of two legislative committees say the process for selecting books for state schools is flawed and needs to be fixed.

Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Dolores Gresham and Senate Government Operations Committee Chairman Mike Bell have sent a letter to the State Board of Education asking the panel to re-examine the list of books recommended to it by the Tennessee Textbook Commission.

Earlier this month, the two Republicans and members of their committees heard testimony from parents who complained about the content of some books.

Gresham said the testimony revealed “inaccuracies” and “biases” in some of the books used by K-12 students.

The 10-member textbook selection panel recommends its selections to the board, and local school systems then choose which textbooks to adopt from the official state textbook list.

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