Haters of Math Traiblazers don't have to worry that state budget cuts will force elementary schools to keep using the program.
Chief Academic Officer Donna Hargens told school board members last week that elementary schools were able to purchase the new Math Expressions textbooks before the budget cuts took hold. This means schools should be using Math Expressions in lieu of Trailblazers this school year.
Trailblazers has drawn complaints from a number of parents over the past five years. There was cheering in some quarters when Math Expressions got the nod as the district's new K-5 math textbook.
But not too long after Math Expressions was purchased, the state started cutting back on funding for textbooks. The adoption of new textbooks is being delayed by the state until the economy improves.
School administrators are looking at how to deal with a $4.8 million cut in state funding for textbooks in Wake. The timing of the cuts is especially a pain for middle schools and high schools.