Collier County Schools Rely on Publisher Appeals After District-Approved Books Rejected by State

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COLLIER COUNTY

The Collier County School Board has decided how to handle the delicate situation they have found themselves in. The state rejected all seven school district-approved math books.

The school board trusts two publishers who wrote math textbooks that the state rejected. McGraw Hill and Savvas are appealing the Department of Education‘s decision and, just in case, are working to revise these textbooks. At Tuesday’s special board meeting, the public questioned the decision.

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“What are we going to do if the publishers can’t fix these math books,” one community member said in a public comment.

“Your process is flawed,” another community member said in a public comment.

Superintendent Dr Kamela Patton said it was not that simple. The district textbook review committee includes parents, community members, teachers, and administrators who have reviewed the textbooks.

The school board then voted to adopt the recommendations.

“They selected books filled with critical race theory, social-emotional learning, and lots of other things that aren’t supposed to be part of the math curriculum. The math is supposed to be 2 + 2 = 4,” said Diane Van Parys.

Parys said she had been editing textbooks for more than eight years. She wondered if the publishers would make the revisions and get the state to approve them in time.

Otherwise, the district will go with their Department of Education-approved second choice options.

“We hope that in the future there will be clear clarification and guidance at the state and local level regarding these expectations so that we do not end up in a situation similar to this. “, said Dr. Elizabeth Alves, partner. supervisor of teaching and learning.

Editors must either win their appeal or have their revisions approved by the state in early July. Then, schools in Collier County would have the required 30 days of public review before the first day of school on August 10.

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