Texas Board of Education is deciding whether to scrap a requirement in the way evolution is taught in schools.

According to NewsWest 9, the board will decide whether to keep a rule for students to be taught all sides of a scientific theory such as evolution.

Supporters told the board on Tuesday that changing the rule could hinder independent thought in classrooms state wide.

The way Texas teaches evolution has long been a topic of heated debate, despite federal court rulings against teaching creationism in the classroom.

The standards currently control what teachers can cover in class, what is covered in standardized tests, and published material in textbooks across the state.