By WILL WEISSERT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A progressive watchdog group says publishers producing high school biology textbooks that could be used in classrooms across Texas are being pressured to water down lessons on evolution and climate change.
Next week, the State Board of Education holds a public hearing on proposed new books. If adopted, the books could be used by public schools statewide for a decade.
But the board relies on citizen review committees that can raise objections to the books, thereby pressuring publishers to make changes.
On Monday, the left-leaning Texas Freedom Network released copies of objections raised by reviewers. Many were ideological, including questioning evolution and global warming.
Texas Freedom Network says that of the 12 reviewers who participated in group sessions checking books, at least five were creationists who believe in intelligent design.
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