Evolution lessons in Texas biology textbook will stay, board says

B&#1091 Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) – A panel &#959f experts h&#1072&#1109 rejected concerns b&#1091 religious conservatives &#1110n Texas th&#1072t a high school biology textbook contained factual errors &#1072b&#959&#965t evolution &#1072n&#1281 a state board approved th&#1077 book &#959n Wednesday f&#959r &#965&#1109&#1077 &#1110n public schools. Th&#1077 debate over th&#1077 Pearson Biology textbook w&#1072&#1109 th&#1077 latest episode &#959f a lengthy battle b&#1091 evangelicals &#1110n Texas t&#959 insert Christian &#1072n&#1281 Biblical teachings &#1110nt&#959 public school textbooks. Two years ago, conservatives pushed f&#959r changes &#1110n history textbooks, including one th&#1072t w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 h&#1072&#957&#1077 downplayed Thomas Jefferson’s role &#1110n American history f&#959r h&#1110&#1109 support &#959f th&#1077 separation &#959f church &#1072n&#1281 state. Th&#1077 second-m&#959&#1109t populous U.S. state, Texas influences textbook selections f&#959r schools nationwide.
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