Georgia School Textbooks

Students across the country complain that they find their textbooks difficult to understand, but this coming school year, some students in Georgia will have a say in what books they will use in class.

This year, the Georgia Board of Education is taking a different state, giving the public a chance to pick them. This coming school year, students throughout Georgia may not find their language textbooks to be so foreign, thanks to a textbook adoption program implemented by the state, which is calling on parents, teachers and students.

These individuals will look over educational language books and choose their favorites to be submitted to the state board of education.

"If students had a say in the textbooks then they might have a bigger interest or it might be a little easier for them to study."

Schools typically rotate textbooks every few years. This is the first year the public has had a say in the selection.

"Some of these textbooks are seven years old, or even older than that. Students and teachers at Cairo High School say they are happy to have the opportunity to get new ones."

“They were kind of old, a little outdated. Actually a lot of the French stuff was outdated," Jana Brinson says.

"Some of the new textbooks come with computer software that will be a little more interactive and help them do tutorials and things like that."

Since the review began in Augusta last week, about 50 people have evaluated the material. Reviews in Grady and Thomas Counties begin in the fall.

After textbooks are recommended by the public, the state will compose a list of favorites that can be purchased by participating counties' school districts. It will take a couple of months after evaluations are done for students to see new books.