A federal district court in Dallas dismissed a lawsuit against the state for rejecting an environmental science textbook the commissioners didn’t like. The case, Chiras v. Miller, brought by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, charged that the textbook was rejected for “illegitimate, unconstitutional reasons.” The commissioners had turned the book down for failing to adequately present the oil and gas industry’s position on environmental issues and for not reflecting “the conservative values of most Texans.” The court held that school boards may reject textbooks if they disagree with the author’s viewpoint when such “viewpoint discrimination” is “reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns.” The decision will be appealed.