Experts: Texas Textbooks Unlikely To Spread

Texas – Publishing experts say fears that a new conservative curriculum recently adopted for Texas schools will have a strong influence on what ends up in textbooks read in other states are overblown.

The Texas Board of Education last week approved placing greater emphasis on the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation's Founding Fathers and teaching schoolchildren that the words "separation of church and state" do not appear in the Constitution.

As the second-largest purchaser of textbooks behind California, Texas has historically wielded enormous clout in deciding what material appears in classrooms across the county.

But experts say it's easier nowadays to create separate editions of a textbooks to fit each need.

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