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New science books approved for Texas classrooms

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Board of Education has approved new science textbooks for use in classrooms statewide.

But its social conservative members blocked authorizing one major biology book because of concerns about how it taught evolution.

That book will be reviewed by outside experts chosen by three board members.

At issue are concerns raised by a volunteer citizen reviewer over lessons on natural selection.

If the experts can resolve the issue, the book will be approved. If not, it will be rejected or again considered by the board in January.

The board's vote to authorize the books came Friday, following a late-night fight over whether the errors raised were actually fact-based.

It was the latest salvo in a long-running battle over how science is taught in Texas.

Some creationists, who see God's hand in the creation of the universe, have long sought edits to de-emphasize evolution in science lessons.

Other experts have said doing so allows ideology to trump scientific fact.

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