CUSDWatch Comment
I am aware of an inequity in the purchase and allocation of Algebra II/Trigonometry books.
AGENDA ITEM #34 INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS RECOMMENDED FOR ADOPTION: SECONDARY MATHEMATICS – ALGEBRA 2/TRIGONOMETRY HONORS, GRADE 912
Board Agenda at page 1,355
Board Audio at 3:14:37
Motion to adopt new Algebra II/Trig textbooks for Aliso Niguel High School and Dana Hills High School and NOT the other four high schools passed 70
Cost: $8,000 for two schools ($4,000 per school X 6 High Schools = $24,000)
Unbelievable Board discussion regarding this. A must listen.
The Williams Act requires Equity in Public Education  all high schools should receive the new text books not just two.
Interesting Comments by Trustees Gila Jones and Martha McNicholas  "Math has not changed since 2005 so there is no need to buy everyone a new book". Common Core Math was implemented in 201213. This is going from the 7th edition to the 10th edition... nothing has changed?
Maybe CUSD should stop using text book money for raises so that all students can have the same text book. CUSD has given employees five consecutive years of across the board compensation increases totaling over $150 million dollars.
A Williams Complaint should be filed.
Background:
The District is currently using the adopted Algebra & Trigonometry ©2005 (seventh edition) textbook by Michael Sullivan, published by Pearson, for Honors Algebra 2/Trigonometry (Trig) students in grade 912.
Copies of this edition are no longer available through either Pearson or aftermarket outlets. In order to ensure that all students have access to the Algebra and Trig textbook in future years, the District must now purchase the tenth edition of this same book to ensure compliance with the Williams Act.
The author (Sullivan) and publisher (Pearson) remain the same for this newer edition. This tenth edition version is similar to the currently adopted seventh edition version; the curriculum for the Honors Algebra 2/Trig textbook will be essentially the same whether a student has the seventh edition or the tenth edition of this text.
