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Pasco schools social studies textbook controversy ends quietly

Concerns about the Pasco County school district's selection process for new social studies materials evaporated on Tuesday, as the School Board unanimously approved the recommended textbooks without comment. 

"The superintendent fortunately realized the information the committee had prepared was the right decision," School Board member Allen Altman told the Gradebook. "There wasn't any need I saw to discuss it further."

Board members tabled the textbook adoption two weeks ago amid criticisms that superintendent Heather Fiorentino had overruled the district's teacher-based selection committee after it spent hours examining the titles. Fiorentino later backed down after conducting further review of the process, changing her recommendation to match that of the committee.

Her change of position was enough for board members.

"They went with the committee's report," board member Steve Luikart said. "That was one of the things that the board has always tried to back."

Approval in hand, the district now can move ahead with purchasing the books.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 12:00pm]


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