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The State Board of Education held a tight grip on which textbooks entered Texas classrooms in 2009 when a heated debate over science standards took on national import.

Four years later, the board is finally ready to adopt textbooks and other instructional materials based on the standards that some thought would allow Texas conservatives to put their stamp on what children would be taught all over the country. But the board no longer wields the same influence it once did because of changes to the textbook market inside the state and beyond.


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