Gradebook podcast: Inside the debate over Florida textbooks

The battle over the inclusion of creationism, climate control skepticism and other topics heats up in Collier County.
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Published May 17, 2018

With the rise of Common Core, some conservative Florida groups began taking a closer look at what information appeared in school textbooks and other materials.  They found "objectionable" content in some districts, and have continued to raise complaints since. Along the way, they worked with lawmakers to make it easier to challenge textbooks. The issue is now coming to a head in Collier County. Keith Flaugh of the Florida Citizens Alliance and Eric Otto, an associate professor of humanities at Florida Gulf Coast University who has written on the issue, discuss the debate with reporter Jeff Solochek.

See also: Concern mounts over textbook, coding bills as they gain steam in Florida Legislature • New Florida law expected to increase conflict over textbooks