State Textbook Commission bill advancing in House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal that makes changes to the process for selecting books for state schools is advancing in the House.

The measure was approved on a voice vote in the House Education Committee on Tuesday. The Senate approved the companion bill 29-2 earlier this month.

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.

Criticism of the content of some books led to calls for a stronger public review process.

The House and Senate proposals address that but differ in the appointment process of the panel.

The House version calls for the House and Senate speakers to make two appointments each to the panel, and the governor appoint five, while the Senate proposal would require the speakers and the governor to each make three appointments.