Lack of Funding Affects Student Textbooks

By: Paul Stockman Email
By: Paul Stockman Email

Math students in Alabama haven't seen a new textbook in eight years. That's because of the lack of funds for textbooks. Because of the poor economy, the allocation of funds for schools has dwindled, and kids throughout the state have faced problems with getting new editions of textbooks.

In 2007, schools received $75 per student to be used on textbooks. Since then, the number has gone down. Just last year, schools were given just $15 per student. The average new textbook costs roughly $90.

Local educators say the main issue is because of the new curriculum. Federal guidelines for 48 states have made it mandatory for schools to buy new books to meet these guidelines. With the lack of funding, the books can't be purchased.

Northview High School principal Ron Snell says the current books they have won't be good enough to teach the new curriculum. Schools need the funding to get the books necessary.

It's not just a problem in Houston County, either. The problems with funding are felt throughout the state.

If you or someone you know is upset about this, make sure to contact your local legislator. The legislation meets next month.

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