AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – Children across the state will be starting the school year without some new textbooks, an issue upsetting a number of school officials.
Haggling over state funding as well as a new textbook ordering system is causing delays in fulfilling some textbook orders.
Until now school districts ordered the books from the state, which paid for them.
Now each district can order books online, from their own allotted instructional fund. The system is meant to ultimately make ordering easier, but it’s taking time to get it up and running.
“We were aware back in April that more than likely any order that we would place would not be available and unfortunately as of last week their website has been down,” explained Bobby Rigues, with the Aledo ISD.
Some school board members are worried the delay will leave students unprepared for the new State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests that go into effect this year. The STARR test replaces the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test, which had been the testing standard in Texas since 2003.
“We did ask the state to postpone the STAAR Program for one year, to give us time to come through the finance issues that we’re looking at. And, of course, the answer back was a definite “no”,” said Rigues.
For now, school districts will have to wait until August 1st to place any new book orders.