Florida House passes rival school textbook bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State officials would still review textbooks used in classrooms under a bill passed by the Florida House.

The House on Monday refused to accept a Senate bill that would force school districts to take over the job of reviewing textbooks.

Instead, the House amended the Senate legislation (SB 864) so that school districts can decide whether to choose textbooks reviewed by the state or set up their own process.

The House bill would also require districts that choose to pick their own textbooks to hold a public hearing prior to adoption.

The revamped bill was approved by an 84-33 vote.

Democrats voting against the bill said it would place a burden on teachers.

The bills are being pushed amid complaints about the state's move to Common Core standards.


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