It did recently vote to recommend 14 textbooks in biology and environmental science without diluting the content.

“Two opposable thumbs-up,” Kathy Miller, president of Texas Freedom Network, which advocates for religious freedom and science, told The New York Times.

Unfortunately, the 15th book is being held up for review. The popular textbook “Biology” must now be reviewed by a panel of experts to address concerns raised by a creationist.

This is regrettable for Texas' national image and science education. The textbook is written by Kenneth R. Miller, a Brown University biologist, and Joseph Levine, a biologist and science journalist. It is published by Pearson Education.

We can't talk about Texas' textbook troubles without noting that Board Chairwoman Barbara Cargill is an avowed creationist and an appointee of Gov. Rick Perry.