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Document Number: 6076

Steps Taken to Reduce Instructional Materials Costs; Additional Changes Could Benefit Districts - This brief contains recommendations for reducing costs associated with the acquisition of textbooks and other instructional materials. Under existing Florida law, it is illegal for school districts to purchase state-adopted materials from each other or directly from publishers. This brief argues that allowing districts these options has the possibility of producing savings. The Florida Legislature should expand a pilot program that authorized three districts to purchase used state-adopted materials which led to a reported savings of $84,423 and expand on steps already taken to ensure all districts receive the same free materials. (Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability, Florida Legislature, April 2005)...

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