State board of edu. gets textbook recommendations

MONTGOMERY, AL - At its monthly K-12 meeting Thursday, the Alabama State Board of Education received the recommendations for the adoption of textbooks for career and technical education, health education, physical education, and technology education. Since May, the State Textbook Committee has been examining and reviewing textbooks and accompanying materials to make its recommendations to the Board.

During the course of its work, the committee heard presentations from publishing companies and held a public hearing in September to gain citizen input on textbook selection.

By law, the committee is composed of 23 members, 14 educators and nine lay persons. The educators include four elementary classroom teachers, four secondary classroom teachers, four members from the state-at-large and two members from institutions of higher learning. Lay members appointed by the Governor served on the committee.
St. Clair County Schools Superintendent Jenny Seals served as the committee's chairperson.

The recommendations are scheduled for consideration by the State Board during its regularly scheduled meeting at 9:30 a.m. on November 12, 2009. The meeting will be held in the auditorium of the Gordon Persons Building located at 50 North Ripley Street, in Montgomery.

The recommendations are available on the State Department of Education Web site ( On the Home Page, scroll down to Special Links, click on More Special Links, then click on Textbooks.

Additionally, examination copies of the textbooks being considered for adoption are available for public review at the State Textbook Office and at the following sites: Mervyn-Sterne Library, University of Alabama-Birmingham*; Library, Troy University at Dothan; Wallace Community College in Hanceville; Library, University of Alabama-Huntsville*; Houston Cole Library, Jacksonville State University; University Library, Circulation Center, University of South Alabama, Mobile*; Library, Alabama Southern Community College, Thomasville; and McLure Library, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

(*Technology materials available upon request at these sites only.)