CHOOSE TEXTBOOKS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

Posted on: September 25, 2017

PARENTS AND TEACHERS: CHOOSE TEXTBOOKS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

Marion County Public Schools is the first public school district in Florida to design and use its own textbook adoption process. 
This process requires participation from parents, teachers, and community members to review and approve instructional materials for 17 courses for the 2018-2019 school year.  Course-specific committees involve 15 voting members and one non-voting chair including the content area program specialist, eight teachers and two parents appointed by the superintendent, and five community members appointed by the Marion County School Board.
Committee members must commit to at least 10 hours of individual work time, per course, and mandatory overview and final vote meetings.  Participants must also attend an initial two-hour training on October 4 (2PM-4PM or 6PM-8PM), present a signed, notarized affidavit to the district (can be completed at the initial training), and adhere to all Florida Statutes related to the adoption process, including all work being public record.
Participants can review proposed instructional materials online or at the district’s Professional Library located at 392 SE 19 Ave., Ocala, 34471.  Preview hours are 8:30AM-4:30PM, Monday–Friday, Oct. 11–Nov. 17, 2017. 
The committee will accept public comment on potential instructional materials on Nov. 8, 5PM-8PM at MTI located at 1614 SE Ft. King St., Ocala, 34471. 
The final vote meeting is set for Nov. 27, 5PM-8PM at West Port High School (3733 SW 80 Ave., Ocala, 34481).
To be considered for the adoption committees, individuals should complete forms of interest available at www.marionschools.net and submit them electronically to Crystal.Cizmar@marion.k12.fl.us.  Deadline for submission is no later than 11:59PM on Sept. 30, 2017.
For more information, call 352.867.2121.

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