Legislature passes school textbook bill

School districts would have to give parents a chance to object to textbooks used in schools under a bill passed by the Florida Legislature.

The legislation now headed to Gov. Rick Scott would require districts to hold a public hearing if parents object. But it would not get rid of an existing state review of textbooks.

The Senate on Thursday voted 31-4 for the bill (SB 864).

Earlier this month the Senate narrowly approved a bill that would have eliminated state review of textbooks and would have forced districts to take over the job.

The House refused to go along with the proposal which was opposed by school boards and Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

The bill was pushed this year amid complaints about the state’s move to Common Core standards.

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