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One of the areas for reform is in the ways textbooks are written. A
major purchaser of textbooks is the State of Texas, whose standards for
acceptance have a large influence on the way textbooks are written that are
sold to other states. Here are a few documents that indicate the problem and
Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) — The standards for textbooks to
be used in Texas public schools.
Education Agency, Textbook Administration. Hearings at and comments to:
1701 N Congress Av, Austin, TX 78701. For information Linda Janney
512/463-9609. Submit comments on textbooks to Robert H Leos
of the State Board of
Education (SBOE). Why its work matters, and how the public may work
with it to influence textbook content.
of Textbook Factual Errors — Guide from the
Texas Public Policy Foundation. (393 KB).
Their site also has their 1700-page report on textbooks and publisher responses
to that report, but not to other witnesses, and the files are in PDF format.
Magruder's American Government (Prentice-Hall, 2003), presented in
Testimony of Jon Roland before the State Board of Education, 2002 July 17.
Responses to Testimony and Written Comments, Public Hearing #1, July 17,
United States Government, by Richard C. Remy, and The American
Republic, by Joyce Appleby, et al., both published by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill;
and American Government, by Stephen Kelman, published by Holt, Reinhart
& Winston, presented in Testimony of Jon Roland before the State Board of
Education, 2002 August 23.
Testimony of Jon Roland, 2002 September 11 — Critical comments about
some of the reviewer criticisms and publisher responses.
Response of Jon
Roland to the 2002 August 6 response of Prentice-Hall on Magruder's American
Government. (Subject to revision)
Responses of Jon Roland to various criticisms and
responses on various textbooks, 2002 September 11. (Subject to revision)
Amendments to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), by Jon Roland.
(Subject to revision)
Objectives for American Government, by Jon Roland. (Subject to revision)
Responses to Testimony and Written Comments, Public Hearing #2, August 23,
Responses to Testimony and Written Comments, Public Hearing #3, September
11, 2002 (Under construction)
Response of Jon Roland to the 2002
October 2 response of Prentice-Hall on Magruder's American Government.
(Subject to revision)
of Jon Roland, 2003 July 9 — Recommendations for enhancements to
of Jon Roland, 2003 July 10 — Summary of points made in oral