Senate Bill 6: Changes in the Adoption, Purchase and Distribution of Instructional Materials in Texas

by TFN Insider

Textbook adoptions for Texas public schools have often devolved into “culture war” firestorms, in which members of the State Board of Education (SBOE) try to censor and revise content in textbooks and instructional materials to conform to their own personal and political beliefs. However, the passage of Senate Bill 6 by the Texas Legislature in 2011 represents a sea change in the state’s system for approving textbooks and other instructional materials. This analysis explains how this legislation begins to move Texas toward a system in which what children learn in their classrooms will no longer be held hostage to the personal and political agendas of SBOE members.

Read more: Senate Bill 6: Changes in the Adoption, Purchase and Distribution of Instructional Materials in Texas (PDF)

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