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Volusia schools will keep using history book
by Linda Trimble
A world history textbook that sparked a heated controversy over the way it covers Islam will remain in Volusia County high schools, the School Board decided Monday after hearing four hours of public comments about its merits and shortcomings.
"I'm still confident with this book and its presentation to our students," School Board Chairwoman Diane Smith said after hearing from nearly 80 speakers with widely differing opinions.
The board didn't take a formal vote, but only member Linda Costello pushed for a more thorough review. Candace Lankford, Stan Schmidt and Ida Wright sided with Smith to keep the textbook in Volusia classrooms.
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