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Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014

Volusia schools will keep using history book


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DELTONA — The Volusia County school board has decided to keep a world history textbook that some parents wanted pulled from classes because they say it offers a pro-Islamic worldview.

The board made its decision Monday after hearing four hours of public comment.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the board didn’t take a formal vote after hearing from some 80 speakers. Only board member Linda Costello pushed for a more thorough review.

School board Chairwoman Diane Smith gave the book a vote of confidence and members Candace Lankford, Stan Schmidt and Ida Wright agreed it should remain in classrooms.

The controversy erupted this month after a Deltona High parent complained about the book’s treatment of the Islamic religion.

Supporters say it’s important to teach students about all religions.

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