School textbooks come with hefty price tag

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) As another round of supplemental levies come up for vote next Tuesday, it's important to see why school districts need the funding.

“Otherwise our teachers are ... have curriculum that doesn't meet the standards and they're spending a lot of time supplementing it,” said L.T. Erickson, director of secondary education.

Twin Falls School District is currently working on a new math curriculum which comes with a hefty price tag.

“The math adoption, K-8 it'll probably be a million dollars,” said Erickson.
These curriculum rotations use to come on a schedule until funding became scarce.

“We have not been able to keep on an adoption schedule because of the recession and many districts are kind of in the same boat,” Erickson said.

Material changes rapidly in different courses the state recently adopted new science standards but it will take some time for the curriculum to catch up.

"Some of our computer courses, those textbooks are outdated almost as soon as their printed," he said.

For the first time in a long time curriculum is beginning to match the standards right here in Idaho.

“Textbooks are now written towards those standards and in the past, most of the textbooks have been written to California, Texas, New York standards,” Erickson said.

It takes about a year to adopt a new curriculum.

Teachers pilot different textbooks and meet together at the end of the year to discuss the different options. Then a recommendation will be given to the school board. All decisions are made locally within each school district.

“We want it to be something that will be here, be effective and the longevity of it,” Erickson said.

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