State Textbook Commission bill advancing in House

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal that makes changes to the process for selecting books for public schools is headed for a full House vote.

The measure was approved on a voice vote in the House Finance Committee on Tuesday. The Senate approved the companion bill 29-3 last month.

Currently, a 10-member textbook selection panel recommends its selections to the State Board of Education, and local school systems then choose which textbooks to adopt.

Criticism of the content of some books led to calls for a stronger public review process.

The House proposal calls for the House and Senate speakers to make two appointments each to the panel and for the governor to appoint five, while the Senate proposal would require the speakers and the governor to each make three appointments.

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