Critics who say a world history book used in Volusia high schools promotes Islam are gearing up to renew their opposition to it even as similar campaigns are spreading across Florida.

"We're not going to drop the issue of the textbook," said Tony Ledbetter, chairman of the Volusia County Republican Executive Committee and leader of the local protest. "As far as we're concerned, it's still of concern to a lot of parents."

Ledbetter, whose credibility with some party members was harmed after falling victim to an Internet propaganda hoax, is recruiting volunteers to serve on a Textbook Action Committee that would take those concerns to the School Board. The board decided this month to keep using the "World History" book published by Prentice Hall despite complaints it promotes Islam and neglects Christianity and Judaism, which are covered in sixth grade, in accordance with Florida curriculum guidelines.

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