Critic calls for more time to review Pearson contract
...Overall, county parents aren't concerned about the details of the contract or the speed at which it was approved, said Ted Willard, co-chairman of the curriculum committee for the Montgomery County Council of PTAs.
Rather, he said, parents have questions about whether the curriculum being developed will be better than the one that's already in elementary schools.
Also, Willard said, the contract with Pearson is unclear on how long school system administrators would be away from the county to help the company develop the curriculum.
"The contract uses the word ‘reasonable' a lot," he said. "I don't know what would be considered reasonable."
Some parents would have liked to have a review period to learn more details of the contract, Willard said. Until then, several questions remain.
"There's some upside to [the deal]; there's some downside to it," he said. "The downsides are that we don't know what the downsides are."...