Sunday, February 7, 2010

Community Meeting Announcement

Students, parents, and concerned citizens are invited to attend a meeting which will be held Saturday March 6, 2010 at the King County Library in Issaquah from 3:15PM to 4:45PM to organize ourselves to fight against the pending decision by the Issaquah School District Board of Education to adopt the failed "Discovering Math" series of textbooks.

With the recent decision by King County Superior Court concerning the Seattle School District that "...there is insuffient evidence for any reasonable Board member to approve selection of the Discovering Series" (see post below) along with the fact that Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction has issued math textbook recommendations which do NOT include the Discovering Series, the Issaquah School District's preliminary decision to adopt the Discovering Series can no longer be defended.

I recently learned the following schedule information:

On Thursday February 11, the Instructional Materials Committee will meet to take a final vote on their math textbook recommendation to the Board of Education. The recommended textbooks will then be on public display for two weeks at District Offices.

On Wednesday March 10, the Instructional Materials Committee will make their formal math textbook proposal to the Board of Education.

On Wednesday March 24, the Board of Education will vote on the Instructional Material Committee's recommendation.

We have a real chance now to change the way that math is taught in the Issaquah School District by forcing the district to adopt the "Mastery Based' method of instruction provided by the Holt Series of textbooks. Issaquah's textbook selection committee found Holt to be satisfactory, and all we need to do now is to make our voices heard with the Board of Education to encourage them to make the right choice.

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