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Friday, March 17, 2023

Marion County residents can view math, social studies textbooks and submit feedback

Marion County Public Schools is adopting new textbooks for social studies and two mathematics courses, and members of the public can offer their input during an open review night scheduled for Thursday, March 30.

The session will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Building 2 of the Robert “Mack” Dunwoody Educational Complex, which is located on the Marion Technical Institute campus at 1614 E Fort King Street in Ocala.

During this event, the public will be able to physically review potential textbooks and materials that the district adoption review committees are considering for next school year. According to MCPS, the new mathematics textbooks are for 7th grade acceleration and high school algebra, and the new social studies textbooks are for grades 6 through 12.

The process already involves parents, teachers, and community members reviewing instructional materials. Course-specific committees can involve up to 15 voting members and one non-voting chair including the content area program specialist, as well as up to eight teachers, two parents, and five community members appointed by the Marion County School Board.

Following the public viewing, review committee members will consider public input at their meeting that will take place on Monday, April 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at West Port High School (3733 SW 80 Avenue in Ocala).

Committee members will also vote to recommend titles to Superintendent Dr. Diane Gullett, who will then advance those recommendations to the Marion County School Board.

For more information, please contact the Instructional Materials Department of Marion County Public Schools at 352-236-0525.