House refuses to loosen rules on school textbooks
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has resisted efforts to give local public school districts more freedom to choose their teaching materials.
The proposal by Republican Sen. Conrad Appel, of Metairie, would have let local districts decide which books and materials should be used in classrooms.
The state education department would review instructional materials in English, math, science and social studies to decide whether they meet state educational standards. But local districts wouldn't be bound by its approved list.
Supporters of the bill said education is best left to local control. Opponents said it would be difficult to ensure quality if every district chooses its own books.
The Senate already had approved the bill, but the House voted 49-35 against it Thursday.