Students in Macon County schools have not received new text books in more than a decade. Text books currently available are out-of-date, or in such bad shape they cannot be used at all. Children go home at night without textbooks to reference, and parents do not have materials to review to help with homework.
“Principals tell me frequently that they hear complaints from parents that they can’t help their child with their homework, because they don’t have a textbook to refer to,” said Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin during the March Board of Education (BOE) meeting.
State funding of education has dramatically decreased over the last 10 years. Since 1999, Macon County’s state allocated textbook budget has been sliced in half. From the 2012-13 school year to this year, Macon County received 76 percent less funding for textbooks reducing the overall textbook allocation to $64,000, or $14 per student. With new books costing upwards of $150 per book, that $64k didn’t go very far, explained Baldwin.