Here's the latest that I have gleaned from various sources:
- Michael Tolley did indeed, in front of Director McLaren, say that "in effect there is a dual adoption." This is stunning.
I believe now that if this push to have schools - in effect vote on which math curriculum they want - blows up in staff's collective faces, they will then say, "Oh, we interpreted the Board vote as dual because we have a math waivers policy." That may have been why the Superintendent repeatedly told me yesterday that the math waivers policy was important in this discussion.
I'm not sure that CYA will work but good luck. At the worst, someone may be out of a job and at the least, a very bitter wind will continue to blow through this district.
- I have heard a rumor that PASS (the principals association) may ask for an extension on math waivers. This would certainly be the fair and decent thing for principals who truly care about real community input to do.
- What I am hearing about more and more is the real fear that teachers and principals have of Common Core. I'm not sure if it's about a "better" curriculum but one that will get them to help students to be able to pass the CC assessment. (Of course, the test results also have real impacts on their job evaluations.)
- On that point, Math in Focus can sell its newest version of their book that is even MORE aligned with Common Core to the district and it will likely be the same price as their older version (which is what I believe the MAC saw).
- I wrote to the entire Seattle legislative delegation about this situation. There are at least two legislators - Senator Jamie Pedersen and Rep. Reuven Carlyle - who currently have students in Seattle schools. I urged them to publicly support the Board in their decision. Not because it was necessarily the "right" decision but it was one the Board made after looking at all the evidence and then voting.
Once you start going down the road of staff ignoring elected officials and their votes, any elected body can be challenged.
- I am reminded that Director Carr, who voted against Math in Focus, said that the district had followed a "legal and robust process." I would venture to say that she would likely say the Board did the same. And that I would hope she would back their legal responsibilities, as a Board, and not allow any vote to be overridden by staff actions.