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November 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Brushing aside opposition from scientists and religious groups, the State Board of Education in Austin gave final approval to 11 new biology textbooks that contain Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. The board had given preliminary approval to the books. Opponents had argued that weaknesses in the evolution theory were not adequately presented in the books. But scientists and educators argued that the theory was widely believed and a cornerstone of modern scientific research.
October 17, 1994
The Los Alamitos Unified School District will give away obsolete textbooks and other instructional materials this week. Intended for home and personal use, these materials are not to be resold. They will be given away Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the district's Instructional Materials Center patio, 10295 Bloomfield Ave., Los Alamitos. For more information, call (714) 430-1021, Ext. 462.
February 25, 1993 | JON NALICK
Proposed new science textbooks for Garden Grove junior high and high school students are now available for public review, school district officials said. The books, which have been recommended for purchase by Garden Grove Unified School District officials, will be available through March 16. Review times are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Media Technology Center at district administrative headquarters, 10331 Stanford Ave. On March 10, the texts also will be available from 5 to 8 p.m.
March 10, 1993
New elementary social studies and spelling textbooks recommended for purchase by the Garden Grove Unified School District can be reviewed by the public through March 16 at the district administration office. Review times are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Media Technology Center, with extended viewing hours today from 5 to 8 p.m in the district annex building. Evaluation forms will be provided for visitors, district spokesman Alan Trudell said.
April 24, 1998 | SUSAN DEEMER
Citing a dramatic increase in textbook prices over the past decade, trustees in the Capistrano Unified School District are urging state officials to spend more for high school materials. Trustees, who recently adopted a resolution asking for the increased funding, said textbooks for high school students cost from $55 to $75 each, plus tax and shipping costs. But the district continues to receive $19 per student to buy new books.
September 30, 1989 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, Times Staff Writer
With little debate, the California Curriculum Commission endorsed proposed guidelines for science textbooks Friday that include controversial provisions requiring that evolution be treated as a "central principle" of science.
The Council on Islamic Education has for the first time invited scholars from other backgrounds to join them in a national conference designed to change the way textbooks describe their cultures. The Fountain Valley-based council is hosting a two-day conference in Orange this weekend with educators, scholars and publishers to discuss how textbooks can more accurately reflect cultures around the world.
February 28, 2001
Re "Risk for L.A.'s Schools," editorial, Feb. 25: I teach at a Valley middle school. There is often little personal gratification trying to teach at grade level when students are academically three to five grades below their level, uncivilized, chronically absent, rude, lazy--any or all of the above. Yes, there are many fine young people who do not fit these categories, but they are outnumbered. Without adequate pay, many qualified teachers will leave. Those who are close to retirement will do so sooner rather than give a few extra years.
March 28, 1987 | Associated Press
A federal appeals court Friday temporarily suspended a federal judge's ruling that ordered Alabama schools to remove 44 textbooks on the grounds that they violated the Constitution because they promoted secular humanism as a religion. The Alabama Board of Education immediately began telling school officials to return the books to students so they can finish the spring semester.
April 4, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
The Japanese government has approved a controversial middle school history textbook written by nationalist scholars who defend Japan's role in World War II. "New History and Civics Textbook," which has triggered protests in Asia, was approved for use beginning next year, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology said Tuesday.
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