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As school districts lose money, board members forgo purchasing… | www.myajc.com

Amid sweeping budget cuts, several Georgia school districts are delaying purchasing new textbooks, setting up a scenario some fear could lower test scores.

Georgia school districts spent $82 million on textbooks last year $37 million less than they did a decade ago when there were fewer students enrolled in public schools.

While publishers now offer electronic textbooks, which are cheaper, several school administrators say they have delayed purchasing new textbooks, both online and physical, to keep class sizes low and central office staff in tact.

Large school districts can spend up to $13 million to purchase new textbooks for core subjects such as English and math.

Clayton County delayed purchasing math textbooks for two years because of budget cuts. In 2012, Fulton’s school board decided to briefly delay purchasing new math textbooks to explore other options, said Robert Morales the chief financial officer for Fulton schools. Morales said the delay was not because of budget cuts. Cobb’s school board is currently debating whether to purchase new textbooks.

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