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The Collier County School Board voted 3-2 on Tuesday to move forward with purchasing purchase a new set of instructional materials that will cost the district $6 million, according to district estimates. Roy Terry, Stephanie Lucarelli and Erick Carter voted in favor of the purchase, while Ericka Donalds and Kelly Lichter voted against it.
The adoption process has been contentious for both the Board and the public, resulting in a lawsuit against the district. A judge denied the motion Tuesday, allowing the board to proceed with the vote.
The Board listened to several public comments where residents voiced their concerns over the materials before voting.
“The (instructional materials) committees are comprised of members with extreme leftist biases that do not represent Collier County,” Naples resident Joseph Doyle said.
In an interview, School Board Vice Chairwoman Erika Donalds said she agrees with the objections brought forth throughout the process.
When asked if she could point to specific content in the textbooks that elicited her concerns, Donalds said citing specific content “really cheapens” the argument.
“These biases are inherent throughout (the materials),” she said. "I don’t think we should be sending a message to the publishers that it’s OK by purchasing them.”