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Textbook Selection Process for Tennessee Lawmakers Begins

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee lawmakers are holding hearings this week to review the state's textbook selection process.

   The Senate Education Committee and the Senate Government Operations Committee will hold the hearings jointly on Monday and Tuesday.

   Lawmakers say the hearings are intended to seek clarity regarding the structure and function of the Tennessee Textbook Commission.
   The commission recently came under fire by a group of parents for having adopted textbooks containing alleged inappropriate language and a controversial interpretation of historical facts.

   The panel is composed of 10 members whose responsibility is to recommend an official list of textbooks for approval by the State Board of Education.

   Local school systems choose which textbooks to adopt from the list for a six-year period.

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