In a previous post I mentioned that new textbooks were available for review at the School Admin building in Ashburn. One person asked whether information regarding the materials was available online. I passed that question on to Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Sharon Ackerman and in response LCPS has extended the review period through August 14th, provided links to publishers and organized a public information session on August 9th. I think this is excellent responsiveness, and I hope that you, Loudoun parents and taxpayers (yes, I'm looking at YOU, who is reading this right now) will take the time to make this extra effort worthwhile.
As I've said before, joining the School Board means having a million things to learn, and this has been another one. Now I know that LCPS has a textbook selection committee that includes parents, teachers, and content specialists. In addition there are opportunities for public review and comment on each textbook series being considered. The textbook selection committee's recommendation will come before the Curriculum and Instruction Committee prior to the purchase of the materials, and this is generally the final point of review.
All of these meetings are open to the public and to public input. For those of you who decry your lack of power at the ballot box, I'll let you in on a secret... the real power is in the nitty-gritty work like this... so get going and exercise that power.