The district has its own internal auditor and apparently, that person just abruptly resigned today. Should make for an interesting Audit and Finance Committee meeting this afternoon.
Also, on the Board meeting agenda for Wednesday is the final decision from the Board on the use of Brave New World. I had thought, per the Curriculum and Instruction Committee meeting last week, that the deliberations would come right before the Board meeting.
No, it is to happen directly after Public Testimony.
Now this should be really interesting. You will have all the Board members trying to publicly suss out a pretty important issue. This is where you will see judgment and thought-processes in action.
My feeling is that they will, of course, side with the Superintendent. I actually wouldn't mind if only they said that the use of Brave New World is suspended until all the professional development that BOTH teachers and district staff say should be done. After that, I think it's fine to use it. Ms. Vasquez in Curriculum said the professional development should be finished in Jan./Feb. Great. Suspend it until then and bring it back when it's done.
I think that is a happy medium that might not satisfy everyone perfectly but it shows the district making an effort to listen to parents' concerns while being mindful of the ability of good literature to challenge.
On a side note, I continue to be amused at KUOW. I had written the station saying I felt the discussion was wrong-headed and unfair. Here's what they said:
Following the segment on Friday we did have some internal discussions about the way the discussion was handled and how to improve for the future. There was some factual errors on the air and unfortunately they are difficult to correct in real time. That’s not an excuse, but just part of the reality of live programming. We need to do a better job in the future.
I appreciate their candor but two things strike me.
One, why were they discussing it if not one of them truly knew the story correctly? They all read one article, made the same judgment and were off to the races.
Two, there was no correction to this mistake. I tuned in last Friday thinking they might make mention of the problem. Not a word. It seems odd they would have 4 journalists incorrectly discuss a topic and not acknowledge the problem. Even newspapers print corrections.
I suspect after the Board votes, they might discuss it again. I'm not expecting any mea culpas from the panel but it would be nice if they acknowledged they didn't have all the facts when they initially discussed the case.