Math book rejection could bring students back online in South Florida

BROWARD COUNTY, Florida – The state of Florida has rejected at least 50 textbooks in its search for math materials that align with the new Florida Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (BEST) standards.

“It seems that some publishers tried to put a coat of paint on an old house built on the foundation of Common Core and indoctrinate concepts like racial essentialism, especially, strangely enough, for elementary students,” said Governor Ron DeSantis.

In Broward County, only 17 books were approved by the state and another six were not.

Nicole Mancini is the interim chief academic officer for Broward schools and says there’s a chance the state’s rejection of the books and the subsequent appeal process could delay access to physical books in the fall.

“Last year, unfortunately, we had to deal with supply chain issues due to the pandemic, so the delay in our timeline definitely puts it in jeopardy,” Mancini said.

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However, should this happen, students will have digital access to the material.

It was nearly two weeks ago that the state announced that it had rejected 54 of 132 math textbooks that they say were indoctrinating children.

They say the math books were rejected because they included references to critical race theory, common core, and the unsolicited addition of social-emotional learning in math.

A few later say the state eventually published samples of their claims, but did not say which books they came from.

When asked if critical race theory can be found in their books, Mancini said that critical race theory is not found in any of the instructional materials they use in their classrooms.

In Miami-Dade they say: “The district will not proceed with the ordering and/or purchase of math instructional materials until the concerns identified by FLDOE have been resolved.”

Tyler Reed McGraw Hill, Senior Director of Communications, released a statement saying:

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“We are in communication with the Department of Education and look forward to working with them to ensure our programs are available and appropriate for Florida students.”

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