Lots of good public testimony tonight on the high school math adoption but no, it went down as expected 4-3. Sherry was quite crisp and almost stern in her remarks, saying that the "experts" agreed that the research on best math materials is lacking, no books will work without supplements and a couple of other points she felt necessary. She did not change her vote and voted yes. Cheryl went on into principal mode and also gave a lecture. She voted yes. Steve mentioned the Times article and even agreed with their assessment (remember that for future reference) about the role of the Board. He voted yes. Harium gave some off-the-cuffs remarks but remained unconvinced. No from him. Peter Maier put the seal on the deal with his yes, saying the deadly, "It's important to move forward." (I knew someone would.) Mary Bass also gave some quiet remarks and stood by her no. Michael was, once again, quite eloquent (I thought he might be changing his vote), saying we don't have time and that inquiry-based math is "a noble experiment" but that it has not succeeded. He voted no.
I feel it's a sad day and as I said to Steve and Sherry in my e-mails, a 4-3 vote is no real vote of confidence on an issue as big as this one.
As one speaker noted, this is a great deal for Kaplan and other tutoring services.
In other news (I checked out about 9 o'clock), there was a question about whether the $750,000 allotted to expand Hamilton with music rooms would cover everything. The staff member said it was (wait for it)...a conservative estimate. Big surprise and watch that reserve in their fund deplete more. I hope there are no surprises in this project that is only 30% completed.
Lastly, Mary asked about money for the closing schools and Dr. Goodloe-Johnson said they had accepted no "wish lists" but that they were moving forward with a process for accomodations. Look for accepting schools to not get what they need to help with incoming students.