Beginning this month, the public will be able to review samples of social studies textbooks that the St. Tammany Parish School Board is considering buying for the next school year.
Students in grades third through 12th will have new textbooks for the fall semester, and the school system will have to order the books by April to get them in time.
The School Board will vote on the final selection at its March 10 meeting.
The new books will cost about $3 million, Julie Matte, supervisor of instructional technology, told a School Board committee.
Each school that will be using the new books will have a review committee made up of teachers and community members, Matte said. The committees are being formed this month.
The committee members will review each nominated textbook page by page, using a set of criteria provided by the school system, and will take input from faculty, parents and the community. They must also attend a formal presentation by the publishers at Lakeshore High School at 8 p.m. Feb. 27.
They’ll take input from teachers again after that presentation and will make their final recommendations by March 1.
The public also can look at the books. A set will be available at each affected school after Jan. 22, and also at the Harrison Curriculum Center and Brooks Curriculum Center.
Those who wish to review the books will be asked to sign in and will be provided feedback forms they may fill out.
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