Update: what I am hearing is that there is a thought to push a "districtwide" waver to use enVision over MIF. I'm hoping that's not true. It could possibly be the most unconstructive and most damaging thing that could be done.
end of update.
Update 2: From SPS:
There is a short window of time because we have to order textbooks. Instructional materials waivers are guided by School Board policy 2020.
The Building Leadership Team is involved in the process based on the school’s decision-making matrix. Parents who have questions should contact their principals.
In Michael Tolley's presentation to the Board about math waivers here is what his slides said:
WAIVERS* Schools that have unexpired waivers can continue to use them.* Schools that submit for waiver may be approved--Must submit completed application by June 10, so that all schools can receive materials by the second week of the school year--Including appropriate consultations with BLT--Will approve use of any of the top three finishers in the adoption process as meeting the first requirement of policy to meet district and state standardsThe second says:
WAIVERS* Other requirements must be met and Executive Directors may disapprove a waiver if its use would conflict with overall regional considerations, such as high mobility in certain areas* We anticipate funding approved waivers as appropriate
There are several issues here.
- Are principals having meetings with BLTs?
- What about schools with waivers already? What do they do?
- The tenth of June is next Tuesday; is this truly plausible that this can get done?
- I am completely baffed by "we anticipate funding approved waivers as appropriate." Given the poorhouse talk at the Board meeting, I cannot understand where this money could come from. If we are spending for a new math curriculum, I would think schools would need a VERY good reason to get a waiver going forward.
Seattle Public Schools budgeted $4 million for the K-5 elementary math adoption, and Math in Focus will cost about $7.8 million (enVision, the committee’s recommendation, costs $3.9 million).
The District is in the process of finalizing the recommended budget for the 2014-15 school year, which will go to the School Board later this month. As of today, in order to fully implement our new math materials, we will need to look at reprioritizing about $3.1 million from our current proposed budget. That likely means a reduction in some of the new supports we planned to include in order to better serve schools. However, we have not had time to identify those changes.
Superintendent José Banda said: “I’m pleased our elementary students will have new math materials in the fall. Our budget team will work on creating a solution that ensures we fully implement our new math program.”
Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Shauna Heath said: “We are looking forward to ensuring that students and teachers have the mathematics resources so that our students can succeed. Our next step will be to work with the curriculum vendors to organize professional development, develop pacing calendars and create a scope and sequence to support best practices.”
As well, the key to Math in Focus seems to truly be professional development. The teachers/schools that have used Singapore math could be enlisted to help the district know the best ways to help support teachers.
I find it very troubling that there is no statement about math waivers given that there are normally parents on BLTs.
What are you hearing at your school?