Money set aside for new math books

  • By Sarah Koenig Enterprise reporter
  • Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:34pm

Shoreline School District officials have designated $650,000 to buy a new math curriculum for kindergarten through 12th graders.

“We know we will be needing funds set aside for the math curriculum,” said superintendent Sue Walker. “The sooner the better.”

The money is a reserve of fund balance and is one-time revenue that will be gone when spent. The one-time levy collection of about $650,000, which the district will receive in 2009, will restore the reserve of fund balance over the next two fiscal years.

Parents and students have been pushing for changes to the district’s constructivist math program since last winter.

This summer, a formal district group of teachers, administrators and parents called the Math Achievement Team, or MAT, started meeting to discuss district math standards and potentially new curriculum.

The group bases its work on revised state math standards for high schools that came out this year and on the National Mathematics Advisory School Report for 2008, a national study.

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