|May 2008 Newsletter|
When one walks on water, it takes a few hours to come back to dry land. Yesterday's experience in the board room with the California State Board of Education was truly amazing and we thank God for every bit of the excitement.
Briefly, we had to sit and wait for most of the day for item 18 to come up. While I was sitting there I realized item 16 dealt with online editions of textbooks. So, I thought, why not get my intro stuff done first and … explain in detail when I came back to discuss Item 18.
I got their attention. I was respectful. … Made eye contact. Talked slowly. Commended them for their passion for education and California children – as evidenced in the hours of discussion I sat through (only 2 minutes and they were strict).
I went back up for Item 18 with Dorothy (Wendy's assistant who helped unwind the roll) and she introduced herself which justified us getting 4 minutes. So I dove right in to the comments and pretty much got through ALL of them and then Voila!!!!!!
We took an end of theand just unrolled it. They were stunned! Speechless! I only had time to ask if they had any questions. But there were none. We went to the back of the room and out the door and finished rolling the scroll up. (Did Moses have a problem when the next speaker came up too?)
Anyway, it was glorious!!!!!!!! For the rest of the afternoon – as they wrestled with what to do next – we just listened and smiled. There seemed to be consensus … that it was time to put the proposed books online: a "virtual textbook" adoption process for all the world to see. …
[One of California's 11 SBE members] actually said he would not vote for the regs [i.e., new rules] unless a virtual L[earning] R[esource] D[isplay] C[enter] was put into the proposed regs.
It will be an interesting debate. But we made our point. It is time to be transparent and this board appears to agree.
The vice president [of the SBE] … even agreed that she has been frustrated for years because she could not figure out how to get a copy unless she got the whole PALLET of books for the [state textbook review committees].
Upon leaving, one woman said "Congratulations – you really got their attention." That was the best we hoped for. We wanted to engage them and praise God – we did!!!!!!
So let's thank God and keep praying for wisdom. This is the time. This board seems to really want to do what is right. They are workers. …
§ 9523. Display of Instructional Materials for Public Inspection. …
(b) Beginning with the first adoption that takes place after the Reading/