The Texas State Board of Education decides what every student in Texas public schools will learn from kindergarten through high school. The board does so by adopting curriculum standards and textbooks for public schools in the state.

For decades, politicians on the State Board of Education and their activist allies have taken advantage of this flawed system to dismiss the advice of experts and scholars. They have instead worked to inject their personal views into textbooks on everything from evolution and climate change to the history of slavery, civil rights and separation of church and state.

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The Latest on Textbook Censorship

Mary Lou Bruner thinks President Obama was a gay prostitute, climate change is a Marxist hoax and evolution is propaganda for atheism. And now Bruner is one step closer to sitting on the board that decides what more than 5 million kids learn in Texas public schools (and strongly influences what textbooks are used in schools across the country). Read More

Bruner Isn’t the Only Religious-Righter in Texas Ed Board Race

We've already told you about Mary Lou "President Obama Was a Gay Prostitute" Bruner, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the District 9 seat on the Texas State Board of Education. The political activist and retired teacher appears to have the support of a number of religious-right and tea-party activists. But a candidate forum hosted by the Texoma Patriots last week in Sherman showed that Bruner isn't the only religious-righter in the East Texas race. Read More

Right-wing Candidate for Texas Ed Board Isn’t Happy with TFN

We told you last week about the outrageous things Texas State Board of Education candidate Mary Lou Bruner publicly claims on her Facebook page. Among them: that President Obama was a gay prostitute so that he could fund his drug addiction, that Democrats conspired to assassinate President Kennedy, that evolution “is a religious philosophy … supporting the religion of Atheism,” and that climate change is a hoax Marxists are using to take over the world.

Well, Bruner isn’t happy with TFN. From her Facebook page on Wednesday:

The Texas Freedom Network’s name is very misleading. Texas Freedom Network is controlled by radical liberals who believe Freedom of Speech and the other rights listed in the Bill of Rights are only for liberals and progressives, not for conservative Americans. TFN believes conservative Americans should allow the liberals to have their way on every issue because if liberals do not get their way they throw a fit.

I will gladly wear the TFN “Badge of Dishonor” which the radical liberal organization awarded me for my testimony before the State Board of Education condemning Islamic bias in Texas textbooks. I stand by my testimony and by my belief that… Read More

As the State Board of Education prepares this week to vote on which new social studies textbooks to approve for Texas public schools, we are encouraged that publishers are making a number of changes to problematic passages in their texts. In each of these instances, publishers are responding to serious concerns by scholars working with the Texas Freedom Network and coalition partners.

Climate Change

Reviewers at the National Center for Science Education identified textbook passages from four publishers that would mislead students about the real and growing threat of global climate change. The passages included inaccurate information on climate science and promoted climate change denialism. Three of the publishers, including major publisher Pearson Education have submitted revisions correcting those problems. The fourth publisher, McGraw-Hill, has indicated that it will revise a particularly problematic passage in its Grade 6 World Culture and Geography textbook, but we are waiting for details. Taken together, these changes would represent a major victory for science education over the political arguments of climate change denialists.

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