New Chapter in Tennessee Textbook Controvery Opens Monday

Nov 4, 2013




NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — 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 Monday and Tuesday.

Lawmakers say the hearings are intended to seek clarity regarding the structure and function of the Tennessee Textbook Commission. The review was scheduled after some parents questioned textbook content.

Nathan James is a committee research analyst.

“There have been a number of concerns from potential historical inaccuracies to distortions and things like this. What the Senate Education Committee will do is take the time to look at the process to make sure it’s the best that it can be, and do that in a public way.”

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.