Mon July 4, 2011
Old Textbooks to Greet Students in the Fall
The effects of massive state budget cuts are beginning show up in public schools. Lawmakers cut about $4-billion from the state's K-12 budget in the just finished regular and special legislative sessions. That could mean fewer teachers and larger classes for some.
The Associated Press reports the cuts will also mean old textbooks for students in the fall.
The Texas Education Agency has confirmed that reconfiguring an online ordering system combined with a delay in state funding for textbooks will probably postpone the arrival of new books into September. School starts the week of Aug. 24.
School advocacy groups, parents and teachers frequently visited the Capitol in Austin to make the case for not cutting school budgets. But their efforts only delayed the multi-billion dollar cuts that were approved in June.