California Puts Hold on New Textbooks

By Mary Ann Zehr — August 12, 2009 1 min read
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The California state board of education won’t approve new textbooks for K-8 students until January 2016 at the earliest because of reduced state spending in the budget for textbooks, according to the Los Angeles Times. At the same time, the San Jose Mercury News reports that state education officials have approved 10 digital textbooks that can be used in the state for math and science. California’s governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is promoting the use of digital textbooks.

Blogger Joanne Jacobs observes that if schools go the route of digital textbooks, that might create some problems because teachers may not have training in how to use them.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.