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Public Schools Likely to Open Sans New Textbooks

Ordering system reboot; delayed, reduced funds conspire

By Bruce Felps
|  Tuesday, Jul 5, 2011  |  Updated 3:33 PM CDT
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by Bruce Felps

The hits just keep coming to the Texas educational system. Hits, in this case, being body blows.

An Associated Press story that hit the wire Monday reports that Texas public school classrooms likely will open in late August without the benefit of new textbooks.

Two reasons for that: The state revamped its online ordering system, which caused delays; and state funding for said textbooks also ran behind schedule as PTA members and community school volunteers searched the spaces between couch cushions, emptied change jars, and headed to the grocery store CoinStar machines to help make up for budgetary shortfalls.

Well, maybe that last bit was a stretch, but probably not by much.

The Texas Education Agency told teachers and school administrators, paraphrasing, “Stall, stall, the books should be there, um, sometime in September.” Teachers, again paraphrasing, replied, “OK, for our next trick … and please note, there’s nothing up our sleeves or in our wallets ….”

Maybe they can just cram all the semester’s physical education requirements into those first few weeks of school and pick up on the academics after the books arrive.

Just a suggestion.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. Remind him what are textbooks, again?
 

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