Tennessee lawmakers to review textbook selection process

Tennessee lawmakers to review textbook selection process

November 4th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee lawmakers are holding hearings this week to review the state's textbook selection process.

The Senate Education Committee and the Senate Government Operations Committee will hold the hearings jointly today and Tuesday.

Lawmakers say the hearings are intended to seek clarity regarding the structure and function of the Tennessee Textbook Commission.

The commission recently came under fire by a group of parents for having adopted textbooks containing alleged inappropriate language and a controversial interpretation of historical facts.

The panel is composed of 10 members whose responsibility is to recommend an official list of textbooks for approval by the State Board of Education.

Local school systems choose which textbooks to adopt from the list for a six-year period.