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A textbook example of an urban legend?

Every article about Texas textbooks contains that sentence about how the state’s decisions dictate what students will read in classrooms around the country, by virtue of its size and pull in the publishing industry.Given the wackadoo revisions the state is making to U.S.history, I was glad to read this piece by Kate Alexander in the Austin American-Statesman and this one by Richard Fausset in the Los Angeles Times, both of which suggest—for different reasons—that that stronghold might not be as firm or lasting as we assume.

(What did not make me so happy is why none of the Big Three publishers would comment for Fausset’s piece. Why not?)

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