by Sherri Krass
Eye on US Education’s ( EUSE) Executive Committee met with Representative Matt Gaetz and Representative Marti Coley separately at their offices in Tallahassee, Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Eye on US Education is a national grass roots group whose slogan is “preserving American values through education.” Also participating in the meeting with Representative Gaetz were two members of the Florida Department of Education. The new procedures for reviewing and approving textbooks were discussed. EUSE, voiced concerns about school districts which have chosen to continue using books with faulty excerpts and also questioned the state selected experts’ qualifications. The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has opened review of the textbooks to the public, however, EUSE is unsure whether this review will be considered in light of SB 2120. Senate Bill 2120, opposed by EUSE and many Tea party members provides that the textbooks will be approved by experts only without parental involvement.
Both representatives now have a better understanding of EUSE’s mission and have indicated a willingness to forge a working relationship and suggested that EUSE encourage our members and any others interested to register and apply as textbook reviewers at https://app2.fldoe.org/BII/InstructMat/Evaluation/Account/Login.aspx. Especially needed are those people with knowledge of History, Social Studies, American Founding Principles, and/or Radical Islam.
Selected participants will be asked to review a complete textbook online, and will be provided with guidelines and procedures to assist in identifying faulty, biased and/or inaccurate excerpts. For further information or details, contact Sheri Krass (561-672-1410) or Alison Rampersad (954-977-4888), EUSE’s national chairwomen.