Thursday, September 15, 2005

Texarkana Gazette: News and Classifieds From Texarkana, Texas/Arkansas

Texarkana Gazette: News and Classifieds From Texarkana, Texas/Arkansas: "When the Texas High School foreign language textbooks were published, cell phones were not widely used, having an e-mail address was uncommon and students were using cassette tapes in class rather than CDs.

'Since then, a lot of technological advances have increased in vocabulary,' said Maryann Frick, department chair for foreign language at Texas High School.

But schools in Texarkana and throughout Texas are having to rely on these old textbooks, most of them outdated by at least seven years, until the new ones arrive. The new books were ordered just a week before school began-after the second special session of the Texas Legislature ended without a funding formula and Gov. Rick Perry called for a budget executive order to purchase $295 million in foreign language, fine arts and health textbooks.

After book orders are processed, it usually takes two or three weeks for some school districts to receive new textbooks, said Jerry Black, spokesman for Liberty-Eylau Independent School District."


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