News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush -- Part II
Texan Conservatives Censor Textbooks for rest of U.S.
PT. II - HOME PAGE
PT. II - CONTENTS
BUSH and the MEDIA
CIVIL RIGHTS
-- Gay Rights
THE ECONOMY
-- The Real Deficit
---- Deficit Lies
-- International Debt
---- Children Will Pay
-- Tax Cut Con Game
---- Tax-Cut Lies
------ to Small Business
---- Phony Benefits
---- Hurting States
---- Why Accepted?
---- Cuts Will Backfire
-- Low-Tax Mania
-- Move toward Flat Tax
-- Corp. Tax Dodgers
-- Corporate Welfare
---- Halliburton
-- The SUV Boondoggle
-- Unemploym't Worse
------ Comp. Denied
---- Jobs Not Created
-- Widespread Poverty
-- False Recovery
-- Stock Market
EDUCATION
-- Texas Sch. Scandals
-- Broken Promises
-- Abandoned Youth
-- College Aid Cut
-- Aid to Rich Colleges
-- Textbooks Censored
-- Acad. Freedom Denied
ELECTRONIC VOTING -- --- A Crucial Issue
ENERGY
-- Monstrous Bill
---- Allows Blackouts
---- Bi-Part. Oppos'n
-- New Energy Bill
ENVIRONMENT
-- Bush's "Eco-Speak"
---- How to Tell Lies
-- Crimes v. Nature
---- Air Pollution
---- Global Warming
---- Ozone Depletion
---- Chemical Hazards
---- Loss of Wildlife
-- States Combat Bush
---- Power Plant Suits
-- Pension Funds, Too
LABOR ISSUES
-- Worker Safety
-- Real Jobless Stats
-- Overtime in Danger
--"Productivity"
PUBLIC HEALTH
-- Poor Ranking
-- Privatized Socialism
-- Health Insurance
---- The Uninsured
------ Middle Class
-- Cost of Drugs
-- Medicare
---- A Cynical Bill
---- Favoring HMOs
---- $$ to Drug Co.s
---- Bait and Switch
---- AARP Sells Out
---- Bullying to Win
---- Australian Critique
---- Some Good News
-- Chill on Research
TRANSPORTATION
-- Amtrak
-- Mars vs. Amtrak
WAR OF IDEAS
-- Use of Language
WAR on TERROR
--'Enemy Combatants'
-- Ultra-Secret Trials
-- Homeland Insecurity
---- Funds Miss Needs
WAR on CIVIL RIGHTS
-- FBI Prying Grows
---- Targeting Protests
------ & Anti-Bush Talk
-- Computer Privacy
-- Patriot Act
---- Excesses
------ Cure - SAFE Act
---- Dangers
---- Author's Fear
---- Librarians' Warning
--"Patriot Act II"
---- Death for Protest?
---- Sneak Enactments
-- CAPPS II
---- GAO Criticisms
---- EFF Concerns
-- Guantanamo
---- Conditions
---- Legal Status
---- UK Judge's Blast
-- Torture Condoned
---- Canadian's Ordeal
-- Yousef Yee
WAR on SCIENCE
-- Scientists Accuse
---- Admin. Can't Deny
WAR on WOMEN
-- Abortion Truths
-- Notorious Photo
WAR on WORKING FAMILIES

"It's a case of conservative special-interest groups wielding inappropriate power over academic interests, critics charge, a particularly serious concern in Texas, where texts there have the potential to impact classrooms far beyond the state's borders....
"Because Texas and California are such lucrative markets, textbook manufacturers tend to tailor their products to the requirements of these two states, making any changes they may require."   
--Spike Gillespie, Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science Monitor
from the November 04, 2003 edition -

A battle over books in Texas

By Spike Gillespie | Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor
 
The complete article is currently (3/28/04) available on the Christian Science Monitor website at-- http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1104/p11s02-legn.html
 
Excerpt--
 
AUSTIN, TEXAS -

... Last week the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, based in Dallas, filed a lawsuit against the Texas board [State Board of Education], charging it with violating First Amendment rights when it rejected an environmental science textbook for use in state high schools. ...

It's a case of conservative special-interest groups wielding inappropriate power over academic interests, critics charge, a particularly serious concern in Texas, where texts there have the potential to impact classrooms far beyond the state's borders.

With 4.1 million public schoolchildren, Texas is the second-largest textbook buyer in the country, trailing only California. Because Texas and California are such lucrative markets, textbook manufacturers tend to tailor their products to the requirements of these two states, making any changes they may require.

Because other states represent smaller markets, most publishers won't publish special editions just for them, and they often end up with the books approved by the two giants. ...

Staff writer Kris Axtman contributed to this story.

Copyright 2004 The Christian Science Monitor. All rights reserved. 


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Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
 
High School Students and Textbook Author Charge Texas State Board of Education Officials with Censorship
 
 TLPJ Files First Amendment Lawsuit Against Board Members for Rejecting Environmental Science Textbook
 
The complete article is available on the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice website,  Click on-- http://www.tlpj.org/pr/texas_103003.htm
 
Excerpts--
 
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (TLPJ), a national public interest law firm, filed a First Amendment lawsuit on October 30, 2003 in Dallas against Texas State Board of Education officials, charging that their November 2001 decision to reject an environmental science textbook for use in public high schools constitutes censorship in violation of the U.S. Constitution. ...
 

The textbook at the center of this lawsuit is "Environmental Science: Creating a Sustainable Future (6th Edition)" by Daniel D. Chiras, Ph.D., and published by Massachusetts-based Jones and Bartlett Publishers. The book has been widely used for over 20 years in top-tier universities including Baylor University in Waco and the University of Texas at Tyler. Despite the fact that Texas’ Commissioner of Education recommended adopting Dr. Chiras’ book, and that review panels of science professors at Texas A&M University and the Science Teachers Association of Texas had given the book high marks, the Board voted to reject the book.

"The Board’s rejection of this widely-used textbook was not based on any legitimate concerns for factual accuracy or curriculum fulfillment," said TLPJ lead counsel Steve Baughman Jensen of Dallas’ Baron & Budd, P.C. "The Board rejected the book because 10 of its 15 members disagreed with Dr. Chiras’ viewpoints on environmental and economic issues, views based on 30 years of scientific study. This lawsuit aims to expose this blatant censorship and end this unconstitutional behavior." ...

"I was stunned by the Board’s decision to reject my textbook," said Dr. Chiras. ... "It is incredibly offensive and unfair that my book was falsely portrayed as ‘anti-Christian’ when this same book is used at Baylor University – a top-tier Christian school and Texas’ oldest university."...

On November 9, 2001, the Board voted to reject Dr. Chiras’ book in a 10-5 vote held just one day after public hearings where TPPF and CSE attacked the book as anti-Christian, anti-free enterprise, and anti-American. For example, TPPF charged that Dr. Chiras’ book was not acceptable for classroom use because of its allegedly "heavy bias toward radical politics." Indeed, TPPF’s spokesperson portrayed the text as unpatriotic based on Dr. Chiras’ favorable view of the marketability of solar energy sources. Although the Board did not name any grounds for rejecting Dr. Chiras’ book, individual Board members’ statements show the influence of TPPF and CSE. In short, the Board improperly rejected Dr. Chiras’ book because the author’s viewpoint did not echo their own political and religious views. ...

The complaint in the case, Chiras v. Miller, is posted on TLPJ’s web site, www.tlpj.org.

2004 The TLPJ Foundation

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