ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida school districts are in limbo after the state rejected a record number of textbooks on the grounds that they contained prohibited material.
Now, local school districts have to wait to see if the publishers can revise their books to meet state requirements in time for the new school year.
“What we’re pushing on, and dependent on, is the publisher making that update,” Orange County Public Schools Senior Director of Digital Learning Maurice Draggon said.
Nine books OCPS planned to roll out in the fall are on the state’s list of prohibited publications, impacting kindergarten through high school.
Every Central Florida school district had already approved use and funding for a large portion of their books after their own internal review processes in August.
“We bought them with the confidence that they would be the materials that would serve our students well,” Draggon said.
A review of the material done by 9 Investigates with the help of a math curriculum expert failed to show any examples of common core practices, or what the state considers “social-emotional” learning, or critical race theory references.
9 Investigates learned Tuesday that some school districts are still able to use one of the books that has been rejected, but none want to risk it because of the uncertainty about the consequences they could face.
To see a list of books adopted by Orange County Public Schools, click here.
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