Florida is down to one approved publisher for K-5 math classes. Here’s why that worries some educators
Omari Hill, center, Shealynn Mayer, left and Jason Cookshott, right, solve a problem in their fourth grade class at Sawgrass Bay Elementary School in Clermont, Florida, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. - Willie J. Allen Jr./Orlando Sentinel/TNS

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida’s school districts may be down to just a single option for buying new elementary school math textbooks — and it’s a choice that concerns some educators. The reason? Some school systems wanted printed math books, but they say the remaining option, STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning, provides mostly online lessons. That worries teachers who want children to solve math problems by hand. It also could pose a challenge for districts that don’t have laptops for every child. The state announced April 15 that it was rejecting 54 math textbooks, claiming many aimed to “indoctrina...