The State Board of Education gave preliminary approval Thursday to adopting biology textbooks from eleven publishers. The vote in Austin comes after months of scientific and religious debate about the theory of evolution. The board's expected to give final approval tomorrow.
Some groups had argued that weaknesses in the evolution theory weren't adequately presented in the books. But scientists and educators say the theory of evolution is widely believed and is a cornerstone of modern scientific research. Some board members had asked to vote on the books one by one, but the motion was overturned and all were approved with one vote.
Samantha Smoot with the Texas Freedom Network commended the board. Smoot has been one of the most vocal supporters of presenting evolution in the textbooks.