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OK I am having a failure of google-foo here. Does anyone know how I can find out when the Texas School Board started mandating school books and became so important in deciding what textbooks everyone will use?

Date: 2010-10-17 07:21 pm (UTC)
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
From: [personal profile] holyschist
Don't all states mandate curriculum and often (always?) textbooks for public schools? I'm not sure you can find a start date for that kind of information. My understanding is that Texas, like California, is extremely influential because it has such a large chunk of the U.S. population.

Date: 2010-10-18 05:28 am (UTC)
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
From: [personal profile] holyschist
Ah, hmmm. Maybe buried deep in their website?

Date: 2010-10-17 08:05 pm (UTC)
ajnabieh: The text "don't ask me, I'm a grad student." (grad student)
From: [personal profile] ajnabieh
Here's what I found at the Texas Education Authority's website here:

In 1911, a rural high school law was passed which established county boards of education and permitted creation of rural high schools and the consolidation of common school districts. This effort to make common or rural schools equal with those in the independent or urban districts took another step forward with passage of a law in 1917 authorizing state purchase of textbooks. Expansion of rural aid to schools, including state support for teacher salaries, gradually helped improve the education provided to children on the state's farms and ranches.


So that makes it sound like it started back in 1917, y/n?

I mean, at least back to '63. That's why there was a depository, right?

Date: 2010-10-17 08:43 pm (UTC)
ajnabieh: The text "don't ask me, I'm a grad student." (grad student)
From: [personal profile] ajnabieh
This one.

(unfunny joke is unfunny)

Date: 2010-10-17 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] missycd
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/16/texas-schools-rewrites-us-history

I found this article which seems to point to some significant changes to the educating and choice of information.

Date: 2010-10-17 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] missycd
Otherwise it would probably require trolling throw mountains of legislation and supporting documentation.

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