Auditor flags schools for violating textbook law

8Y2Q_djournal_education_school_bus_buses_stockJEFF AMY,Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — State Auditor Stacey Pickering says school systems are routinely violating state law that says they have to issue a textbook to every student to take home.

Some districts only have books available in the classroom, which means a student can’t take a book home to study. A few may be using no textbooks at all, instead relying on state-issued sample tests for their only instructional material.

For some districts, the problems stem from bad record-keeping or lack of money. But other districts say that in many classes, they’re abandoning the traditional textbook. For example, in lower grades, districts may provide students with a collection of books to learn reading, instead of a traditional reader.

Pickering says he wants to meet with school leaders to discuss possible changes to the law.