Volusia schools to keep using history book
10th-grade 'World History' book favors Islam, opponents say
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.