By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen
The Vallejo City Unified School District adopted new history/social studies textbooks for the first time in some 18 years, at Wednesday’s school board meeting.
The adoption of the new books completes a more than a year-long review process by a team who went over contenders and landed on three main publishers — Pearson, My World Social Studies — for K-5; National Geographic for grades 6 through 8 and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for grades 9 to 12.
Readability was a main factor in the decision-making process, officials said. Another was the benefit of students “seeing themselves” in the textbook — a criteria that came up after Trustee Tony Ubalde asked if the Philippines and Filipino involvement in World War II is included in the books at the high school level. He was told it is.