The bill was inspired by the hard work of outraged parents who objected to history textbooks in Florida schools that contained overly extensive chapters about Islam but virtually nothing about all the other religions combined. Muslim Brotherhood front group CAIR fought against this bill every step of the way.
OCALA Florida’s school districts will be required to review and select textbooks under a bill passed by the Florida Senate.
The Senate on Friday 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.