Seattle schools told to reconsider math books

  • Fri Feb 5th, 2010 5:54am
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Associated Press

SEATTLE — A King County Superior Court judge has told the Seattle School Board to reconsider its decision to use the math curriculum called Discovering Math.

Judge Julie Spector ruled Thursday that the board’s decision last May to use the series of textbooks was arbitrary and capricious.

Seattle Public Schools said in a statement it likely would appeal the ruling, calling it “very surprising.”

District spokeswoman Patti Spencer said the district “followed an extensive process in adopting these materials, which were thoroughly vetted by a diverse group including mathematicians and teaching professionals.”

Two parents and a University of Washington professor went to court to try to force the district to consider other textbook options. They contend the curriculum would widen the achievement gap between middle-class and underprivileged students.

Information from: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, www.seattle-pi.com/