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Tea party group begins campaign to target Florida textbooks



People associated with Patriots United, a South Florida tea party group, are mailing complaint letters to up to 32 Florida school districts today raising concerns about pro-Islamic and/or anti-Jewish/Christian bias in social studies textbooks.

To see the list of textbooks by district, and the passages of concern in each textbook, click on the links below.

Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties are among the targeted districts.

Sheri Krass, who heads the group, e-mailed the Gradebook the lists of textbooks and excerpts, which were found problematic by another South Florida-based group, Citizens for National Security. (More background here.)

A Patriots United press release says the group wants each school district to “provide a handout to the students listing the faulty excerpts” and require teachers to “provide a explanation as to why these excerpts are unacceptable.”

It wants the Florida Department of Education to tell the publishers of the problem textbooks that they won’t be approved in the future unless “a revised edition is issued correcting these faulty excerpts.” (As we’ve noted, the statewide review for social studies textbooks will be under way soon.)

It says the textbook effort is grass roots and “not organized by the Tea Party Patriots or 912 Project.”

You can see the full press release below.


[Last modified: Monday, January 10, 2011 3:32pm]


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