Sullivan County school community invited to review 7th grade textbooks next week

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BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) – In just over a week – Sullivan County parents will get to weigh in on proposed new textbooks for seventh grade students.

This comes after the Sullivan County School Board voted earlier this week to move forward with a seventh grade textbook blanket adoption that involves multiple textbooks – including two books that cover religion.

School Board Chairman Michael Hughes tells us that every year the school system review textbooks in particular areas.

This year – Social Studies was included in that list.

“I think that they think that there was a vote taken as to whether we taught a specific religion, and that’s not true. All we were doing was adopting the books on the state approved list,” Hughes said.

On Monday April 15 – the public is invited to review all of the textbooks from 4-6 p.m. at the Akard Service Center in Bristol, Tennessee.

Hughes tells us the public can submit comments about the textbooks and that will be taken into consideration as the committee reviews the books.

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