MARIETTA — The Cobb school board could vote Wednesday to purchase almost $7 million in math textbooks, an agenda item similar to one rejected by the school board a year ago.
A controversy over the book purchase arose last year because the books aligned with the Common Core national education standards.
In April 2013, the board voted 4-3 to reject spending $7.5 million on math textbooks aligned with the standards. Board members Kathleen Angelucci, Tim Stultz, Randy Scamihorn and Brad Wheeler voted against buying the materials.
This time, things could be different. The Georgia General Assembly came close to pulling the state out of Common Core this spring, but decided against it at the last minute.
“The board basically wanted to hold off to make sure we didn’t have to spend $7 million in textbooks and resources that we were going to have to change in a year or two,” interim superintendent Chris Ragsdale said, explaining the hesitation a year ago.
Ragsdale is asking the board to spend $6.96 million on a similar purchase this year to be paid for with sales tax dollars.
Ragsdale acknowledges the proposed textbooks are aligned with Common Core as required by the state, but says he saw to it the books are more rigorous than the “common” standards are.