School Districts Might Have To Choose Textbooks
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- School districts in Florida may soon choose their own textbooks.
Florida made another step towards putting local school districts in charge of choosing their own textbooks… due to a bill passed by the House.
If the bill is passed by the Senate and the Governor's Desk, it would transfer the responsibility of choosing instructional materials and bargaining with publishers to individual districts.
But the Florida School Boards Association and officials from smaller districts, pushed back against the bill saying they don't have the manpower or money to choose their own textbooks.
"School districts are very much opposed to this particular bill… it's gonna cost a lot of time and a lot of resources and more importantly, it's gonna cost districts a lot of money and there's not gonna be any additional money that comes along with it," said Public Information Officer for Alachua County School District, Jackie Johnson.
Johnson says currently the state of Florida is able to negotiate textbook prices because of the large size of the state… but individual districts don't have the same kind of buying power.
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