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Senate Ed Committee to Take Up Texbook Selection Process in Fall

Press release from the Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus; August 13, 2013:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) announced today that the Senate Education Committee will hold a hearing this fall to review the state’s textbook selection process for Tennessee’s K-12 schools. The hearing will take place in October with time, date and location to be announced soon.

The Committee will look at the role and work of the state’s Textbook Commission and Tennessee laws governing textbook selection to help ensure an accurate and unbiased approach. The Textbook Commission recently came under fire by a group of parents for having adopted textbooks containing inappropriate language and a controversial interpretation of historical facts.

“It is our responsibility to ensure that the textbooks used in this state are tools of education, not indoctrination,” said Gresham.

The state’s Textbook Commission is composed of ten members whose responsibility is to recommend an official list of textbooks for approval of the State Board of Education. Local school systems choose which textbooks to adopt from the official state textbook list for a six-year period.

Other members of the Senate Education Committee include 1st Vice-Chair Reginald Tate (D-Memphis), 2nd Vice-Chair Steven Dickerson (R-Nashville), and Senators Charlotte Burks (D-Monterey), Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville), Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City), Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga), Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) and Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown).