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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Parents who were opposed to some of the textbooks being used in Tennessee classrooms are celebrating what they describe as a victory.

State textbook commissioners decided Monday not to use certain social studies books that some parents believed were controversial. Specifically, they took issue with how some editions addressed Christianity and the Nation of Islam.

After months of discussions, debates and reviews, the commission closed the chapter on the plan to adopt new social studies books for the 2014-2015 school year, at least for now.

"Over the next two weeks, we, as commissioners, are going to do a lot of homework to make sure that the products we put on a recommended list for schools are products that are in fact appropriate and quality materials," said Commissioner Dan Lawson, director of Tullahoma City Schools.

"I'm pleased that the commission made the decision that they did today to at least stop the process and take a further look," said Rutherford County parent Lisa Moore.

A representative from the textbook company was at the commission's meeting and said the passage in question has since been removed.

The commissioners will review the book again and reconsider their decision at their next public meeting on Nov. 18.

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