State Board Urges School Districts To Consider Public Comments In Adopting Textbooks

Friday, January 10, 2014

The State Textbook Commission is legally charged with the responsibility of preparing “a list of standard editions of textbooks for approval by the State Board of Education for the use in the public schools of the state. (TCA 49-6-2202 (a)).  The law also provides that the commission “may appoint an advisory panel of expert teachers in each subject or grade level to advise the Commission on book selections.” (TCA 49-6-2202 (j)).  

At the May 13, 2013 meeting the Commission approved the utilization of such a panel.  A cadre of 27 teachers was assembled and trained on the review process, state standards, and current research on teaching techniques in social studies.  The teachers conducted independent reviews during the month of July and came together the week of July 22, 2013 to compile committee reports for the books submitted. 

The submitted books were also made available for public review and comment.  The public comment listed numerous concerns with a significant number of the books.  Approximately 500 pages of public comments were compiled.  These comments are available on the State Department of Education’s website.

The Commission met on October 7 to formulate the recommended list, but did not take action.  The Commission finalized the list at the October 23, 2013 meeting and sent the recommended list of books to the State Board of Education.  At its October 25 meeting, the State Board of Education approved the recommended list of Social Studies textbooks that LEAs may consider for adoption. 

 For more information, contact Gary Nixon at 615/741-2966 or Gary.Nixon@tn.gov.

 


Augustine Named Recipient Of Lee’s Excellence In Scholarship Award

Dr. Daniela C. Augustine, associate professor of theological ethics, has been named as the recipient of Lee University’s 2016 Excellence in Scholarship Award. The winner of this award is chosen each year by the Faculty Committee on Research and Scholarship. Lee President Dr. Paul Conn officially recognized Dr. Augustine for this award during spring commencement earlier this ... (click for more)

East Ridge High School Unveils New Uniforms At McDonald's Fundraiser

The East Ridge High School football team will be sporting new uniforms this season thanks to a community supported fundraiser hosted by the Ringgold Road McDonald’s restaurant.      The McDonald’s parking lot, turned fundraising headquarters, played host to the team as they waved signs and asked McDonald’s customers for donations. McDonald’s is the sponsor of ... (click for more)

CBL & Associates Stockholder Accuses Chattanooga-Based Mall Owner Of Security Fraud; CBL Denies Any Wrongdoing

A stockholder of CBL & Associates is suing the Chattanooga-based mall owner in Chattanooga Federal Court, claiming its officials artificially inflated the value of the company's stock. Tommy French, of Baton Rouge, La., brought the action against CBL, President Stephen Lebovitz and Vice President Farzana Mitchell. He claims that CBL officials made false and misleading ... (click for more)

Carmody Found Guilty Of First-Degree Felony Murder; Sentenced To Life In Prison

Patrick Carmody was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of first-degree felony murder and especially aggravated robbery in Judge Barry Steelman’s courtroom on Friday. He was charged with the slaying of 21-year-old Chance LeCroy on Sept. 9, 2010. The state’s account of the incident claimed that Carmody, Ronald Pittman, and Billy Bob Partin traveled ... (click for more)

Case Handled Like Any Other? - And Response

It is interesting that Chief Fletcher would deem the handling of the Mayor's encounter as typical or normal. Is the Chief asking the public to believe that all misdemeanor domestic violence arrests include a 4-hour taped interrogation, and delayed reporting after a visit to the Chief’s house. Of course, we believe that Chief Fletcher. April Eidson * * *  I ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Best Speech This Year

Just 24 hours after Donovan Livingston gave The Student’s Speech at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education convocation on Wednesday, it had been viewed over 3 million times and shared 75,000 times on Facebook. It is already considered, far and away, as the freshest view on race and education in ages and its viral journey is burning across the Internet. His talk was ... (click for more)