In an e-mail to WFAA, the district mentioned there have been two situations the place a e-book was “mis-merchandised” and college students purchased books that have been “not age-appropriate.”
GRAPEVINE, Texas — College students within the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District won’t have the prospect to pick out books at a Scholastic Ebook Truthful this 12 months, because the district has pulled the plug and is looking for one other vendor.
The district mentioned Scholastic did not present a full record of each e-book it will promote on the honest.
In an e-mail to WFAA, the district mentioned there have been two situations the place a e-book was “mis-merchandised” and college students purchased books that have been “not age-appropriate” throughout a earlier honest.
“In working with the seller, we made requests to make sure that this is able to be averted sooner or later. These requests included that the seller present a complete record of the books that might be on the market on the festivals 14 days prematurely, and right now, the seller has not provided assurances that they might adjust to our expectations,” mentioned the district in a press release. “We imagine the e-book honest is a optimistic expertise for college kids and can proceed working to make sure that we have now e-book festivals on our campuses this 12 months.”
In a press release to WFAA, Scholastic mentioned it was solely conscious of 1 occasion the place a pupil bought an grownup e-book, however mentioned it hopes it could actually associate with the district sooner or later.
“For many years, dad and mom lecturers and educators have trusted us to curate one of the best age-appropriate, high-interest books for teenagers at Scholastic Ebook Gala’s. Each title present in a Scholastic Ebook Truthful has been curated by a crew of specialists to make sure it meets the best requirements of our faculty communities,” mentioned Scholastic in a press release.
“I imply, at the same time as a toddler within the seventies, I bear in mind the Scholastic e-book festivals and it is all the time been an thrilling factor. So, I discover the timing suspect,” GCISD father or mother Laura Leeman mentioned.
Leeman has two boys in GCISD. She can also be a co-administrator of a gaggle known as, Protect GCISD.
“To me, it is a very clear message that there are politically pushed teams who need to management our public training system,” Leeman mentioned.
Leeman mentioned she participated within the district’s e-book opinions, which she believes have been carried out properly and transparently.
She mentioned she agrees some books ought to solely be obtainable to age-appropriate college students, however these books shouldn’t be utterly faraway from colleges.
“For me, it is a possibility to have dialogue. That is the entire objective of studying, proper? It’s to be taught issues. But additionally ask questions,” Leeman mentioned. “I may not agree with one thing. I would learn one thing. It would educate me somewhat bit extra.”
“We’re upset that GCISD selected to not host Scholastic Ebook Gala’s this fall, however hope to serve their college students once more sooner or later,” Scholastic mentioned in a press release. “Scholastic is worked up to start one other 12 months of internet hosting festivals throughout Texas, and we’re as deeply dedicated as ever to work with our faculty companions.”
Leeman and different dad and mom level to the politics at play, urging different dad and mom to concentrate to what’s occurring of their faculty boards.
“I believe we’re teetering down a really tough path proper now and it vastly issues me, which is why I’ve no drawback talking about it, as a result of I do know we have to try this.”
GCISD’s subsequent faculty board assembly is Monday.
The district mentioned in an e-mail to folks it was looking for different choices.