Experts may be checking Texas textbooks for factual errors

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TEXAS (KXAN) — This week, the State Board of Education will consider having outside experts check Texas textbooks for factual errors.

Members of the education board are voting on the issue tomorrow.

This vote comes after a Houston mother complained last month that a high school geography book used by her 15-year-old son referred to slaves as “workers.”

Looking at an excerpt from the book, it says “The Atlantic Slave Trade between the 1500’s and 1800’s brought millions of workers from Africa to the southern United States to work on agricultural plantations.”

A change to Texas public school textbooks could impact other states.

Texas has more than 5-million students state-wide. The market is so large that publishers making modifications to meet Texas standards can affect what’s prepared for other states.

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