In an email to the WFAA, the district said there were two instances where a book was “misselling” and students purchased books that were “not age-appropriate.”
Grapevine, Texas — student in Grapevine-Coliville Independent School District The chance to select books at an educational book fair this year won’t come as the district has pulled the plug and is looking for another seller.
The district said Scholastic did not provide a complete list of each book sold at the fair.
In an email to the WFAA, the district said there were two instances where a book was “falsely sold” and students purchased books that were “not age-appropriate” during the previous fair.
“Working with the seller, we made requests to ensure this can be avoided in the future. Those requests include that the seller provide a comprehensive list of books that will be for sale at fairs 14 days in advance , and at this time, the seller has not given assurance that they can comply with our expectations,” the district said in a statement. “We believe that book fairs are a positive experience for students and will continue to work to ensure that we have book fairs on our campuses this year.”
In a statement to the WFAA, Scholastic said it was aware of only one instance where a student had purchased an adult book, but said it hoped it could partner with the district in the future.
“For decades, parents, teachers and educators have trusted us at educational book fairs to craft the best age-appropriate, high-interest books for kids. Every title found at educational book fairs has been handpicked by experts. to ensure it meets the highest standards of our school communities,” Scholastic said in a statement.
“I mean, even as a kid in the seventies, I remember educational book fairs and it’s always been an exciting thing. So, I find the timing suspicious,” said GCISD parent Laura Lyman.
Lyman has two boys in GCISD. She is also the co-administrator of a group called, protect gcisd,
“To me, it’s a very clear message that there are politically driven groups that want to control our public education system,” Lehman said.
Liman said he participated in the district’s book reviews, which he believed were conducted thoroughly and transparently.
She said she agreed that some books should be available only to age-appropriate students, but that these books should not be removed from schools altogether.
“For me, it’s an opportunity to discuss. That’s the whole purpose of reading, isn’t it? To learn things. But also to ask questions,” Lyman said. “Maybe I don’t agree with anything. I can read something. It might educate me a little more. ,
“We are disappointed that GCISD has decided not to host academic book fairs this fall, but looks forward to serving its students again in the future,” Scholastic said in a statement. “Scholastic is excited to begin another year of hosting fairs across Texas, and we are as committed as ever to working with our school partners.”
Liman and other parents point to politics in sports, urging other parents to pay attention to what’s happening across their school boards.
“I think we’re on a very rough road right now and it worries me a lot, so I don’t have a problem speaking about it, because I know we need to do that.”
The next school board meeting of GCISD is on Monday.
The district said in an email to parents that it was exploring other options.