Some Arizona Classrooms Have 15yr Old Textbooks


PHOENIX (CBS5) –When sixth-graders returned to school in the Casa Grande Elementary district this fall, they were assigned social studies textbooks that contain no mention of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq, or the election of Barack Obama, the first African-American president in United States history.

The textbooks were published in 2000, which makes them 15 years old, and explains why so much important American history is left out.

“Having new materials is very, very challenging,” said Barbara Wright, who is the director of curriculum and instruction at the Casa Grande Elementary District, where new textbooks are among the victims of our state’s education budget.

Wright says the money — millions of dollars — required to replace the old texts is just not available.

“The bare minimum would be $3 million and that would be replacing our K-8 social studies books. Our middle school math is from the 1990s,” said Wright.

Her district received a total of $463,000 from the state for capital expenses like textbooks. But the district has competing needs.

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Source: CBS 5

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