Court Finds FOR Plaintiffs in Math Adoption!!!
"The court finds, based upon a review of the entire administrative record, that there is insufficient evidence for any reasonable Board member to approve the selection of the Discovering Series."
Conclusions of Law:
1) Court has jurisdiction under RCW 28A.645.010 to evaluate the Board's decision for whether it si arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law;
2) The Board's selection of the Discovering Series was arbitrary;
3) The Board's selection of the Discovering Series was capricious;
4) this court has the authority to remand the Board's decision for further review;
5) any conclusion of law which is more appropriately characterized as a Finding of Fact is adopted as such, and any Finding of Fact more appropriately characterized as a Conclusion of Law is adopted as such.
It is hereby ordered:
The decision of the Board to adopt the Discovering Series is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion."
WOW!! And Boo Ya! (And thanks to Johnny Calcagno for the news!)
Link to the Seattle Math Group. To the left under "legal documents" hit, DECISION 2/4/10
Update: this statement from the district via the PI:
The district said it would likely appeal the ruling.
"This is a very surprising decision, and the District is now evaluating its next steps. Seattle Public Schools followed an extensive process in adopting these materials, which were thoroughly vetted by a diverse group including mathematicians and teaching professionals," said spokeswoman Patti Spencer.