District: 4,600 Fairfield-Suisun students to get new Common Core books

By From page A4 | June 14, 2014

FAIRFIELD — English textbooks costing $229,889 and meeting Common Core standards are for more than 4,600 high school students in the Fairfield-Suisun School District – the first time in a decade that new books have been adopted for English high school classes in the district, an administrator says.

“The students are very engaged in this curriculum,” said Sheila McCabe, director of secondary education for the district. “Our teachers are very, very excited about this adoption.”

Trustees for the school district meeting Thursday approved adoption of the textbooks that have been piloted in selected classrooms. The textbooks are for students in ninth, 10th and 11th grades.

Carly Lindauer, of New York City-based SpringBoard Publishing, part of the national educational organization the College Board, said it’s not that the books are expensive. It’s the number of students in three grades receiving the books, she said.

Per unit price – including students’ books, teachers’ editions and digital access to the e-book – is about $55, Lindauer said.

McCabe said the $229,889 cost also includes professional development about the curriculum for teachers and administrators. The cost also covers access to an online network about the SpringBoard curriculum.

The English textbooks were approved along with $25,584 for books about American history, biology and other subjects.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

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  • patrickJune 14, 2014 - 10:57 am

    Has English, American history, and other subjects changed in the past few decades or is common core just another way to justify spending???

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  • HKJune 15, 2014 - 4:04 am

    Not just that, but I don't ever remember having a textbook in high school English. We read novels and the teachers taught us to write. But I'm sure these textbooks require the expensive junkets and consulting this administration loves.

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  • George GuynnJune 14, 2014 - 12:09 pm

    The District conveniently, for them, forgot to make the books available for public inspection till after the board approved the books! That is too late!!!! Public, be sure to go check out the books this coming week at the District Taj Mahal (District Headquarters). This is what happens with a Board President and Board that doesn't like independent thinkers or anything but good news. Be sure to vote them all out as soon as possible. We don't need students that are dumbed down by this Board and all think the same with Common Core. Just think, if Galileo had been a Common Core Student, we might all still be members of the Flat Earth Society!

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  • patrickJune 14, 2014 - 1:40 pm

    GEORGE----- dumbed down is what the politicos want for future voters.

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  • KERRY JACOBSJune 14, 2014 - 2:03 pm

    I HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING WRONG ! “And while I would very much like to answer the committee’s questions today, I’ve been advised by my council to assert my constitutional right not to testify or answer questions related to the subject matter of these classroom text books.. IM OUT !

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