People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
"If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu
Texas is where the school books are printed.
Local governments are laying off teachers because they don't have the money due to the housing prices tanking and property taxes being lowered. Schools are funded with property taxes.
How should they fund new books from more expensive publishers if they don't want to use the books from Texas?
Or this could all be a big ole tempest in a tea pot that is distracting people from more important national issues.
It doesn't work that way.
[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Textbook]Textbook - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]The textbooks market does not operate according to the same economic principles as a normal consumer market. First, the end consumers (students) do not select the product, and the product is not purchased by faculty nor professors. Therefore, price is removed from the purchasing decision, giving the producer (publishers) disproportionate market power to set prices high.
This fundamental flaw in the market is blamed as the primary reason that prices are out of control. The term "Broken Market" first appeared in Economist James Koch's analysis of the market commissioned by the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.
This situation is exacerbated by the lack of competition in the textbook market. Consolidation in the past few decades has reduced the number of major textbook companies from around 30 to just a handful. Consequently, there is less competition than there used to be, and the high cost of starting up keeps new companies from entering.
But I agree that the more local education happens, the far better the schools are going to be. For sure I would like to see the federal government out of the education business completely other than to do data and information gathering and make that available to the states and individual school districts so they can know how they compare with everybody else.
"I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." --Benjamin Franklin 1776