Legislators Eye Overhaul of TN Textbook Commission

Amid questions brewing for months over bias and accuracy in student textbooks in Williamson County, state lawmakers are beginning to mull whether they should tweak how a state panel reviews textbooks, reports the City Paper.
The Tennessee Textbook Commission is now overwhelmed with the volume of the task at hand, and lawmakers are hoping to hold hearings in the fall to consider how to address the problem.
“Am I concerned about what I think is bias in the textbooks and factual errors in the textbooks? Yes,” said Sen. Mike Bell (R-Riceville), the chairman of the Senate Government Operations Committee. “My biggest concern is that we get somebody in this process who is specifically looking for factual errors and bias, but there are many more problems besides that.”
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agreed the Textbook Commission is overwhelmed during a joint Government Operations subcommittee hearing Wednesday. Bell said he plans for lawmakers to come back in the fall to consider methods of alleviating that stress.
“It’s not just this textbook,” said Laurie Cardoza-Moore, a Williamson County parent has been vocal calling that question and others like it “blatant anti-Semitic rhetoric.” She provided the legislative committee with 17 additional titles of textbooks used in Tennessee with what she described showed similar biases.


Note: See also the News Sentinel story, which ran a day later, HERE.

One thought on “Legislators Eye Overhaul of TN Textbook Commission

  1. Eric H

    All of the curriculum will have to be “common core aligned” to meet the common core “state” standards. It seems WE in the states should know that, since allegedly WE in the states demanded and created those “state” standards. I guess WE forgot. Shouldn’t there be some kind of 48-state effort on deciding what goes in those books? Where is the giant common state textbook congress? Shouldn’t it be tough to get all those state to agree to identical texts?
    Yes, common core is starting with “only” math and English language, but just watch and see. We were also told that the common core “state” standards did not affect curriculum choice, but millions are being provided to publishers to change their curriculum to “align” with common core “state” standards – and it isn’t coming from the states.

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