Bill makes changes to State Textbook Commission
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that makes changes to the process for selecting books for state schools is advancing in the House.
The measure sponsored by House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada of Franklin passed the House Education Subcommittee on a voice vote Tuesday.
The 10-member textbook selection panel recommends its selections to the State Board of Education, and local school systems then choose which textbooks to adopt from the official state textbook list.
Last year, state lawmakers heard testimony from parents who complained about the content of some books and urged legislators to implement a stronger public review process.
Casada's proposal would require school districts to appoint parents to review the books, as well as put together an advisory committee to look at the books, which would be available online 24 hours a day for public viewing.