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K-12 Textbook Approach Needs District Flexibility and Publisher Accountability, Report No. 03-28, April 2003
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  • Florida’s acquisition and distribution approach for its instructional materials process is similar to other high population and southeastern states except that Florida school districts cannot purchase used state-adopted materials.
  • Giving districts the authority to buy used textbooks to supplement their existing inventories of state-adopted materials is cost-effective.
  • Authorizing the sale of surplus state-adopted materials across district lines will improve utilization of materials purchased with state funds.
  • Monitoring publisher offers for high value, free materials that accompany textbook purchases will help ensure that all school districts receive equal offers.
Creating a penalty system for late delivery of state-adopted materials will improve publisher accountability and may decrease the frequency of back orders on the first day of school.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Instructional Materials

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 05-18 Progress Report: Steps Taken to Reduce Instructional Materials Costs; Additional Changes Could Benefit Districts, published in April 2005.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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