Ocala, Florida’s, school districts will be required to review and select textbooks under a bill passed by the Florida Senate.
Christian Action Network was at the forefront of this battle to eliminate pro-Islam bias from our nation's public school textbooks.
"This is good news for America's children," said Martin Mawyer, CAN president, "but this is one district out of hundreds of thousands. The fight is not over."
The Senate on April 11 voted 21-19 for the bill which was pushed in response to a backlash over national education standards called Common Core. The bill was also inspired by complaints over a high school world history textbook that some said gave too much attention to Islam.
School boards currently select textbooks from a list drawn up by the Florida Department of Education. Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, said the legislation was needed so that school board members will be accountable to parents and voters.
Opponents complained it would cost districts money to review textbooks. Sen. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, said she was worried the bill would lead to censorship.