Update Sept. 1, 2008. Since people are still finding their way to this post, I need to add that the compromise noted here has been swept away by subsequent developments. In chronological order, see
The original post here:
A tentative compromise resolution of the controversy over the English / Language Arts curriculum has been reached.
The controversy centered on whether the State Board of Education should mandate a list of specific works of literature for students to read, and if so, how should the list be composed.
According to Alana Morris of Houston, as reported in the Houston Chronicle, president of the Coalition of Reading and English Supervisors of Texas, Texas educators have not been heard in the nearly three-year process of developing a new English language arts curriculum, and teachers now hope that the compromise proposal will result in improvements.