Battle Over Math in New Jersey Drives Off a New Schools Chief

Parents, some involved in a campaign against the math teaching in the highly regarded Ridgewood, N.J., school district, were to have met the new superintendent at a reception last Monday night.

But the reception was abruptly canceled, leaving the school board president to explain that the superintendent, scheduled to begin on July 1 after a nine-month search costing more than $20,000, had backed out, largely because of the escalating math fight.In a statement expressing disappointment, the five-member school board said the recruit, Martin Brooks, had been made to feel unwelcome by “anonymous phone calls, e-mail messages, blogs and Web postings by some community members” that “questioned his integrity, ethics and educational philosophy.”

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