Ban on Texas textbook changes under consideration in California

California lawmakers are considering legislation that would block textbook changes approved in Texas schools from making their way into California classrooms. Critics of the Texas changes, which are up for a final vote May 21, say they diminish the historical contributions of minorities and include inaccuracies. Under the bill, educators reviewing textbooks in California would scan new textbooks for changes based on the Texas decision and would be required to report those findings. California is the largest textbook purchaser in the country, and Texas is the second-largest.

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