Well, it appears the North Carolina legislature is listening to ed tech arguments these days. As many of you know, there are lots of folks, including myself who decry textbooks as outdated, filled with errors, and not the best use of the State’s money. The goal of those statements is primarily to get folks to look at shifting textbook money to other pots. For example, taking textbook funds to purchase new computers for schools, or provide staff development on using technology to find textbook replacement sites, etc.
To prove they listen to teachers, the Legislature has decided to agree with us on this point. They agree that textbooks are unnecessary, outdated, and that the money should be shifted to other pots. Namely, back to the coffers of the State. According to the AP summary of NC’s new budget:
Local school districts will have to decide how to cut their share of $225 million in statewide reductions in grades 4-12, either by taking money for textbooks or other pots of money, or again turning to federal stimulus funds.
Hmmm…I don’t think that’s how that argument shook out in our brains…I know it’s not what I had in mind.