N.C. schools deal with fewer dollars for textbooks

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It wasn’t long ago that people were worried about students getting injuries from carrying too many textbooks in their backpacks.

But now many North Carolina public school students are lucky to have any textbooks to take home.

State funding for textbooks has been cut by nearly 80 percent in the past four years, just as the state has been switching to a new curriculum with new textbooks. At the same time, school districts are expected to make the switch to digital textbooks by 2017 even though no money is set aside for computers or other digital devices for every student.

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