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State textbook committee to issue report Thursday

By M.J. Ellington
DAILY Staff Writer (334) 262-1104

MONTGOMERY — The State Textbook Committee will present its good and not-so-good list of science textbooks to the Alabama Board of Education on Thursday.

The not-so-good list includes books the committee studied, but believes are not appropriate for Alabama students.

The good list that the committee will recommend comes after a study of possible textbooks that began in May.

The 9:30 a.m. board meeting will be in the State Capitol Auditorium on the Union Street side of the building.

Spokesman Michael Mercer said the board will accept the committee's report, but will not vote on the recommendations before November.

Talladega County School Superintendent Cindy Elsberry chairs the textbook committee, which includes 14 educators and nine people with expertise from various fields. State law sets the makeup of the committee.

After the board meeting, the list of science textbook recommendations will be available online at the Alabama Department of Education Web site: At the education home page, click on Special Links and then Textbooks to view the list.

Members of the public may examine copies of the textbooks under consideration at the State Textbook Office at 3345 Gordon Persons Building, 50 N. Ripley St., Montgomery, and at several regional sites across the state.

Other sites include Wallace Community College, Hanceville, and The University of Alabama at Huntsville library.

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