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Resolution on Science Textbooks Adopted by the Texas State Republican Executive Committee
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Resolution on Science Textbooks Adopted by the Texas State Republican Executive Committee

WHEREAS, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) is currently approving science textbooks to be used in the middle schools and high schools of Texas for the next 6-8 years; and, WHEREAS, review of the textbooks is now underway by experts and lay individuals alike; and,

09/08/2001
Science texts awaiting approval are criticized Publishers defend books that groups say show political bias
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Science texts awaiting approval are criticized Publishers defend books that groups say show political bias

BY Terrence Stutz

AUSTIN - Proposed science textbooks for Texas schools came under fire Thursday from dozens of critics who asserted the books are full of factual errors and political bias. Leading the attack were two conservative groups that objected to the books' attention to controversial topics such as global warming, acid rain and endangered species. "Classrooms are no place for fear mongering and the manipulation of students," said Peggy Venable of Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy, citing passages in some books that she maintained "frighten" students about global warming.

09/07/2001
State told proposed textbooks biased, flawed
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State told proposed textbooks biased, flawed

BY R.A. DYER

AUSTIN - The State Board of Education should reject several proposed middle-school textbooks, residents told the panel Thursday, because they contain factual errors and pro-environmentalist bias. The speakers, including representatives of the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy, said new science books for grades six, seven and eight unfairly portray the significance of acid rain, deforestation, global warming and other environmental issues.

09/07/2001
Group insists science books be thrown out
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Group insists science books be thrown out

BY JANET ELLIOTT

AUSTIN - Newly drafted middle-school science textbooks contain errors and exhibit a pro-environment bias, more than two dozen speakers told the State Board of Education on Thursday. The criticisms focused on the proposed textbooks' discussions of global warming, acid rain and rain forest destruction. Many of the speakers were affiliated with Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy, an advocacy and education organization dedicated to economic freedom.

09/07/2001
Groups criticize proposed texts ; Conservatives duel liberals over books
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Groups criticize proposed texts ; Conservatives duel liberals over books

BY Sharon K. Hughes

BODY: Science textbooks went under the microscope Thursday at the State Board of Education hearing as conservative groups complained of scientific errors and a slant toward liberal environmental policy. The flap centered mainly on books proposed for use in middle schools. "There are errors of fact, errors of omission and even some outright bias," said Duggan Flanakin, who analyzed the books for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a San Antonio-based conservative think tank.

09/07/2001
Social Security hearing scheduled for S.D. today
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Social Security hearing scheduled for S.D. today

A federal commission studying ways to strengthen the Social Security system will hold a public hearing today at a downtown hotel, with 21 speakers scheduled to testify. The 16-member bipartisan commission, formed by President Bush in May, is expected to submit its reform recommendations this fall. It will hold another public hearing in Cincinnati on Sept. 21. The commission's task is to find ways to strengthen and modernize Social Security, which government projections estimate will be insolvent by 2038.

09/06/2001
Groups upset over science textbooks, education board rule
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Groups upset over science textbooks, education board rule

BY CONNIE MABIN

Dozens of people want to testify before the State Board of Education about the adoption of new science textbooks. But because of a little-noticed Aug. 7 deadline, whether their opinions are heard Thursday remains to be seen. Only one person made the deadline. Some 86 others have requested to be allowed to testify despite missing the deadline. "People got caught unaware," said David Bradley, who is among the board members who plan to ask for a vote to allow the deadline to be waived.

09/06/2001
Groups upset over science textbooks
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Groups upset over science textbooks

BY CONNIE MABIN

More than a dozen people lined up in front of the State Board of Education on Thursday to criticize the proposed science textbooks that board members are considering adopting. "I didn't find any of these textbooks that weren't replete with errors of fact, errors of omission and even some pretty overt bias aimed at directing students to take political actions," said Duggan Flanakin, with the conservative think tank Texas Public Policy Foundation.

09/06/2001
Texas Public Policy Foundation Report Finds Gross Inaccuracies in Science Textbooks for Texas Middle Schools
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Texas Public Policy Foundation Report Finds Gross Inaccuracies in Science Textbooks for Texas Middle Schools

The following was issued today by the Texas Public Policy Foundation: Joint Press Conference: Thursday, September 6, 2001 @ 12:30 p.m. Texas Education Agency, First Floor Lobby William B. Travis Building 1801 North Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas

09/05/2001
Group fights higher sales tax
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Group fights higher sales tax

BY Diane Brooks

With only two weeks to spare, Snohomish County's proposed sales-tax increase for transit service has attracted its first official opponent. Washington Citizens for a Sound Economy yesterday announced its opposition to Proposition 1, a measure on the Sept. 18 ballot would increase taxes by 3 cents on every $10 purchase. Community Transit (CT), which operates buses as well as dial-a-ride vans for the disabled and the elderly, last year eliminated all Sunday service in Snohomish County as a result of Initiative 695.

09/05/2001

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