As a result, this past school year, teachers have had to pull together materials, much of it on their own and in many cases at their own expense, to teach mathematics. However, the most tragic result of the board allowing this group to disrupt the adoption was over 100,000 Cobb students being deprived of the mathematics program believed by their teachers to be the very best for their learning.
Board members justified their action by stating the Legislature would possibly vote for Georgia to abandon its use of the Common Core Standards and the adoption could result in a huge waste of money. The prudent thing to do, the board said, was to wait to see what the Legislature did before completing the adoption. That was done; the Legislature took no action to abandon the Core Curriculum, but no one has heard about the mathematics adoption since. Worst of all, teachers and students are headed into another school year just like the last with makeshift materials for teaching and learning.
Where was Cobb Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa after the Legislative session? Why did he not take the adoption to the board members at the next meeting and seek their approval? Some have said he did not think he had the votes for the approval. If this is true, he insulted the board members. Did he really think any board member would continue to deprive students and teachers of the math program just to continue some political fight over the Core Curriculum? That insults the good people on the board.
There is an interesting irony in this situation. The board, through its District Rule IFFA-R — Instructional Resources Selection and Adoption — mandates “The Adoption Selection Committee shall examine and evaluate the sample material based on the criteria established by district personnel. The criteria should include but not be limited to the following: (a) Accuracy of information (b) Curriculum/Common Core Georgia Performance Standards ...”
One of the criteria the board expected to be used in the evaluation of material was the justification the board used to reject the teachers’ recommendation in the end.
We are running out of time. According to the board’s current meeting schedule, the earliest an adoption could be finalized is June 26. Implementing a text and instructional materials adoption involves a massive operation, including ordering, receipt of delivery, distribution to the schools and teacher training in the use of the new adoption, just to name a few.
My appeal to the Cobb Board of Education is to call a special meeting as soon as reasonably possible for the single purpose of approving the already one year-delayed adoption of mathematics text and instructional materials.
The last point is this: Some have said again there may not be four board member votes for the adoption. This could not be true and, as stated previously, is an insult to the board. How could anyone justify delaying getting badly needed instructional materials to our teachers and students?
Surely there is not one board member who would hold an objection to Common Core and take it out on our teachers and students through delaying this adoption again just to make a political point.
If this is true, the Cobb School district is in deep trouble.
Stanley Wrinkle spent 15 of his 30 years with the Cobb School System as assistant superintendent for Instructional Services. His responsibilities included text book management. He is now retired.