State Board of Education wants to minimize Islam in schools
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The State Board of Education has adopted a resolution that seeks to curtail references to Islam in Texas textbooks.
Social conservatives on the board, which approved the resolution by a 7-6 vote Friday, warned of what they describe as a creeping Middle Eastern influence in the nation's publishing industry.
The one-page resolution calls on textbook publishers to limit what they print about Islam in world history books.
Critics say it's another example of the ideological board trying to politicize public education in the Lone Star State.
Future boards that will choose the state's next generation of social studies texts would not be bound by the resolution. The resolution cites world history books no longer used in Texas schools that it says devoted more lines of text to Islamic beliefs and practices than Christian beliefs and practices.
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