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State BOE Preliminary Approval to Drop Algebra II & Refusing New Biology Book

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ The Texas Board of Education has given preliminary approval to dropping algebra II as a requirement for high school students.

Members voted Thursday not to make major changes to the curriculum overhaul approved by the Legislature this summer.

Set to take effect next school year, the new rules would require only students choosing more academically focused coursework to take algebra II.

Current standards already allow students earning a diploma on the minimum academic plan to graduate without algebra II. But critics fear the changes will allow more to do so.

Some experts argued that algebra II is a key indicator to success in college and beyond, and that not requiring it would water down academic standards.

The board votes again Friday and will give final approval in January.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ The Texas Board of Education has refused to approve a biology book by one of the nation’s largest publishers, pending an expert review of supposed “errors” on evolution.

The board gave preliminary approval to new science books for use in classrooms
statewide late Thursday night.

But it held off approving a biology book by Pearson to have outside experts check concerns raised by a volunteer review panel.

The objections questioned the theory of evolution as an explanation for development of life on Earth.

Some creationists _ who see God’s hand in the creation of the universe _ have long sought edits to de-emphasize evolution in science lessons.

Three board members will appoint experts to check the book.

The board will vote again on the issue later Friday.

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