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Tempe Union High School District Alert

Thanks to Anita Christy, Gilbert Watch, who shared the Arizona State Statute of how long textbooks are to be available for review before voting:

http://www.azleg.gov/ars/15/00721.htm

According to the TUHSD website, the newest books are only available for review from April 1-May 6, 2015.  And according to Superintendent Baca, that length of time is a courtesy.

https://www.tuhsd.k12.az.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=a...

If the textbooks are voted on the night of May 6th, that is only 36 days for the public to review.  I have not taken Common Core math, but 36 is less than 60.

Also, one of our fellow Patriots has spend quite a bit of time reviewing a pending social studies book and he will share his take on this Pearson publication.  It is scary and explains how our kids are being manipulated.  Don't touch that dial.

Anyone in Ahwatukee, Tempe, and parts of Chandler, let's speak up, review those books, and take this district back for our country.

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Comment by Teresa Devine on April 21, 2015 at 10:33am

Thank you for bringing this to my attention.  As a parent in this district I was never notified of the textbook adoption.  I am trying to find the TUHSD policy on textbook adoption and the time frame and how they are to contact their "community."  I believe with Tempe Elementary we had sent out emails to parents etc.  I know I had alerted people as well since I had to vote on them.  Please make your voices known.  I have a board meeting the same night so I can't be there.  I will try and put my input in before the deadline.

Comment by Teresa Devine on April 21, 2015 at 10:56am

15-721. Common schools; course of study; textbooks; definition

A. The governing board shall approve for common schools the course of study, the basic textbook for each course and all units recommended for credit under each general subject title prior to implementation of the course.

B. If any course does not include a basic textbook, the governing board shall approve all supplemental books used in the course prior to approval of the course.

C. If any course includes a basic textbook and uses supplemental books, the governing board may approve all supplemental books and teaching aids, including instructional computer software, that are used in the course prior to approval of the course.

D. If the course includes a basic textbook and uses supplemental books that have not been approved by the governing board at the time of approval of the course, a teacher may use the supplemental books at any time during the school year. Use of the supplemental books shall be brought to the attention of the governing board during the school year in which they are added for ratification.

E. Notwithstanding any other law, subsections B and C do not apply to supplemental books used in courses or programs instituted pursuant to article 4 of this chapter.

F. The governing board shall:

1. Enforce the course of study and select all textbooks used in the common schools and purchase the textbooks from the publishers. District school funds may be budgeted and expended by the governing board for teaching aids, including instructional computer software. For courses that do not require that each student have a textbook other than for classroom instruction, the school district need only purchase one textbook for each student in the largest group that would be receiving classroom instruction at any one time.

2. Require that all meetings of committees authorized for the purposes of textbook review and selection be open to the public as prescribed in title 38, chapter 3, article 3.1.

3. Make available at the school district office for review by the public, for a period of sixty days prior to formal selection of textbooks, a copy of each textbook that is being considered for selection.

G. For the purposes of this section, "textbook" means printed instructional materials or digital content, or both, and related printed or nonprinted instructional materials, that are written and published primarily for use in school instruction and that are required by a state educational agency or a local educational agency for use by pupils in the classroom, including materials that require the availability of electronic equipment in order to be used as a learning resource.

Comment by Teresa Devine on April 21, 2015 at 10:59am

ARS 15-721. Common schools; course of study; textbooks; definition

The above is the statue.  The policy for the district on text book adoption is below.

IJJ
TEXTBOOK / SUPPLEMENTARY 
MATERIALS 
SELECTION  AND  ADOPTION

The Governing Board will approve and adopt all basic textbooks for each course.  If any course does not include a basic textbook, the Governing Board shall approve all supplemental books used in such course prior to usage.  The Superintendent shall establish textbook selection procedures that shall provide for the appropriate involvement of staff members, students, and community members.  These procedures may provide for the establishment of textbook selection committees.  Recommendations from textbook selection committees will be forwarded to the Superintendent.

Textbooks and supplementary books recommended by textbook selection committees will be placed on display in the District office for a period of at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting at which the Governing Board will consider their adoption.

In recommending books, the committees will strive for continuity of textbooks throughout the different grades and use the same book series course sequence within a subject area and recommend use of the same book for each section offered of a given course in all classes of the same grade.

On written request, school personnel designated by the Governing Board shall permit parents or guardians access to instructional materials currently used by or being considered for use by the school district by making available at least one copy of the instructional material for review by the parents or guardians.  Parents or guardians may take printed textbooks, printed supplementary books and printed subject matter materials from the School District premises for a period of not more than forty-eight (48) hours.  Parents or guardians may review all other materials, including films, only on the School District premises.

Objectives  of  Selection

It is the responsibility of the school textbook committees to:

●  Recommend resources that will support and enrich the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, learning styles, and maturity levels of students served.

●  Recommend resources that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, critical analysis of differing sides of issues, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and recognition of various societal values.

●  Place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in the recommendation of resources of the highest quality in order to assure a comprehensive collection of resources appropriate for the complete education of all students.

The Superintendent will establish procedures for the purchase and distribution of all necessary textbooks, supplemental books, and other related instructional materials from the adopted list free of cost to students.

Removal  of  Textbooks/Supplementary 
Materials

Textbook selection committees may recommend to the Superintendent that certain previously adopted textbooks or supplementary materials be deleted from the Governing Board-approved list.  Textbooks and supplementary materials will not be deleted without the approval of the Governing Board.

Disposal  of  Learning  Materials

The Governing Board authorizes the Superintendent to establish regulations for the disposal of surplus or outdated learning materials when it has been determined that the cost of selling such materials equals or exceeds estimated market value of the learning materials.

Adopted:  date of Manual adoption

LEGAL REF.: 
A.R.S. 
15-203
15-342
15-721
15-722
15-726

CROSS REF.: 
DN - School Properties Disposition
IJL - Library Materials Selection and Adoption
KEC - Public Concerns/Complaints about Instructional Resources

Comment by Peggy McClain on April 21, 2015 at 11:26am

It doesn't make sense that any school board would vote on textbooks the same day the books are still on display for review.  That appears to be a blanket YES.  A citizen may review a textbook May 6th.  If the Board votes that night, there really isn't a chance for Board members to review the citizen's input vs. the material in the book.

This is another way to keep the taxpayers out of the process.

One TUHSD board member has emailed me in the past that he/she did not review the books last year, however, he/she voted yes on all of them.  This is our money, our children.  Elected members don't care enough to read the books?

Why is TUHSD policy 14 days and state statute is 60 days?

Comment by Harry Mathews on April 21, 2015 at 3:12pm

It would appear that TUHSD policies are more "Progressive" than the state statutes

Comment by Peggy McClain on April 21, 2015 at 3:46pm

Wait to you see the Social Studies book review that is pending.  Progressive is a mild term.

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