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CAIR-FL, Parents, Students to Oppose Anti-Muslim Textbook Bill

FL-history-textbook(SUNRISE, FL, 4/21/2014) – Today, the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL), along with representatives of the Florida Muslim community, concerned parents, students, and citizens and organizations from across Florida, will hold a news conference to oppose proposed legislation (SB 864 – Instructional Materials for K-12 Public Education) that is rooted in anti-Muslim bigotry.

WHEN: Monday, April 21, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Florida State Capitol, 4th floor across from Senate Chambers, 400 S Monroe St, Tallahassee, Florida
CONTACT: CAIR-FL Community and Government Relations Director Ghazala Salam, (954) 309-4797

Senator Alan Hays filed SB 864 after some residents in his district complained that students were being taught about Islam in a “World History” textbook published by Prentice Hall.

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SB 864 has the potential to jeopardize the entire Sunshine State school system with an unnecessary law for a problem that does not exist by:

  • Imposing a tremendous unfunded mandate on our school districts
  • Depriving school districts of the state's “economy of scale” in textbook purchasing power
  • Reducing Florida's influence over textbook content
  • Opening the adoption process to social and political bias
  • Threatening the constitutional requirement for a uniform system of free public schools
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