By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor
It seems the Advanced Placement (AP) Economics class at Morgan County High School might have found an acceptable textbook.
The county’s Board of Education (BOE) voted unanimously Monday night to table the 2012 book, Economics: Principles, Problems, and Policies, by C.R. McConnell, S.L. Brue and S.M. Flynn, for public comment. Tabling textbooks for public comment is accepted practice for the BOE before approval of books.
AP Economics staff and high school administration put forth another book, Krugman’s Economics for AP, in August. Then, BOE member Dave Belton voted in opposition to table the book for public comment because he didn’t agree with the politics of the writer on whom the book was based, Paul Krugman, and believed the economic representations in the book to be too subjective, not offering both sides of economic arguments.
The new book, Economics: Principles, Problems, and Policies, will be available at the school system’s Central Office for a month for public comment. The BOE will vote on final approval of the book at next month’s meeting.
In addition to the vote to table the textbook for public comment, the BOE also unanimously approved four field trips and a personnel list.
The personnel list includes the retirement of a Business Education teacher at Morgan County High School (MCHS); resignations of two paraprofessionals – one at MCHS and one at Morgan County Elementary School – as well as a bus driver; and recommendations for hiring three paraprofessionals – two for the high school and one for Morgan County Middle School – two substitute school nutrition employees and one substitute bus driver.