Fairfield textbook inquiry postponed.

HARTFORD — A full inquiry into whether Fairfield public school officials sidestepped state statutes by using a math textbook without first getting school board approval has been postponed, a state official said Monday.

Laura Anastasio, legal counsel for the state Department of Education, said that settlement talks are underway between the state and local officials. She did not know when a settlement would be announced but suggested some action may be forthcoming by the Fairfield Board of Education.

Parents complained to the state in the last school year when the district began using an algebra textbook without bringing it to the board. Local officials said the book and the curriculum that went with it were being piloted. District official eventually chose a different new algebra textbook altogether.

The state Board of Education this spring, however, agreed that the issue deserved to be investigated.

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Linda Lambeck