Volusia schools to keep using history book

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:47:20 PM EST
Updated On: Nov 19 2013 10:54:09 AM EST

Dozens of supporters and opponents of a controversial high school world history textbook packed the Volusia County School Board meeting Monday night.

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. -

A Central Florida 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 in early November 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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