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Hindu body, California educ board reach agreement over textbooks
A Correspondent | June 25, 2007 20:18 IST
Following its victorious lawsuit last year, the Hindu American Foundation has reached an agreement with California's State Board of Education, following a meeting between SBE president Ken Noonan and HAF's legal counsel Suhag Shukla and HAF president Mihir Meghani on May 8.
As part of a post-judgment agreement, the SBE has agreed to pay part of HAF's legal costs for the 2006 lawsuit.
In their wide-ranging meeting, the two sides discussed the motivation behind HAF's landmark lawsuit and the concerns of California Hindu parents that their religion was depicted unfairly in the state's social studies textbooks.
The HAF filed a suit against the SBE over the procedure by which revisions in sixth grade textbooks were reviewed and approved, and contended that it was not conducted under regulations required under the California's Administrative Procedures Act and also contravened the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act.
Ruling in HAF's favour, the judge had said the SBE had been utilising illegal procedures in its adoption of instructional materials for sixth grade social studies textbooks.
'In our meeting (on May 8), we discussed key problems with the previous textbook adoption process; the need for scholars with requisite expertise, especially in Hinduism, to be involved in the process; and the importance of interfaith understanding and respect,' Dr Meghani said in a press release.