October 10, 2018 CUSD BOT Meeting PUBLIC HEARING: RESOLUTION NO. 1819-17, STATEMENT OF ASSURANCE FOR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS REALIGNMENT FUND, FISCAL YEAR 2018-2019

Board Agenda page 1

Board Audio at 0:22:57

No Public Comment

 

CUSDWatch Comment

If the District was truly interested in Public In-put, they would have a Public Hearing at one meeting. They would allow the Public to make comments, and then bring the matter back at the next meeting for approval. Instead CUSD has the Public hearing with no supporting documentation attached. They do not make any indication that the matter will be voted on the very same night as the Public Hearing in a different Agenda Item. 

This Public Hearing will be voted on in Agenda Item #36 RESOLUTION NO. 1819-17, STATEMENT OF ASSURANCE FOR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS REALIGNMENT FUND, FISCAL YEAR 2018- 2019 page 583

 

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 9-12

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 7-0

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 2012-13. 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 9-12.

Copies of this edition are no longer available through either Pearson or after-market 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.

Board Agenda page 583