New textbooks open for public review

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 8:24pm

A slate of possible new textbooks for public schools are open for public viewing and input.

The state of Tennessee is adopting new textbooks for English grammar and composition, foreign languages and English as a second language, and the public is invited to get involved.

“It is very important for the public to have access to the textbooks under consideration,” said Morgan Branch, director of textbook services for the state Department of Education, in a Wednesday statement. “Our goal is to provide a wide variety of materials that enrich and support the curriculum and to address the varied interests, abilities and learning styles of students.”

Textbooks can be viewed at 10 locations throughout the state, including the campus of Tennessee State University in Nashville. To make an appointment to view the books, call TSU’s Debra Jackson at 963-5480.

The DOE has also put together a group of 30 Tennessee public school teachers to review the textbooks. Public and educator input will be considered Sept. 14 and 15, when the Tennessee Textbook Commission is due to discuss public feedback and ask questions of textbook publishers.

The commission will vote on the books Oct. 12, and make recommendations to the state Board of Education.

State board members make fall final textbook decisions. Once the state has a list of approved texts, local school systems can adopt the books for a six-year period.

Textbooks should be viewed and commented on by members of the public before Sept. 14. Appointments are needed to view the books.

Once comments are prepared, input should be directed to the DOE’s Branch. Branch can be reached for questions at 253-3160.

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