Lawmakers Agree To Loosen Rules On School Textbook Selection

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Local public school districts will have more freedom to choose their textbooks, if Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees to a bill backed by lawmakers.

         The measure by Rep. Gene Reynolds, a Minden Democrat, will let local districts decide which books and materials should be used in their classrooms.

         The state education department will review instructional materials in English, math, science and social studies to decide whether they meet state educational standards. But local districts won't be bound by its approved list.

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         The education department will be required to post online the textbooks and instructional materials it reviews and to help with bulk purchasing to get deals.

         Lawmakers in the House gave final passage to the bill with a 94-0 vote Tuesday.

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