Volusia schools to keep using history book

10th-grade 'World History' book favors Islam, opponents say

Published On: Nov 18 2013 06:46:44 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 19 2013 10:54:09 AM EST
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.