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  •  When my kids were in the Arlington Hts, IL (11+ / 0-)

    school district in the late '80s, schools within the same district did not use the same books.  I don't think our state dictates what the curriculum is; however, when all textbook publishers are editing books to appease and comply with the Texas standards, due to the volume of books Texas orders, there's slim pickings for everyone else to choose from.

    •  Exactly. (3+ / 0-)

      It's not that Texas literally publishes its own books, and other states and localities could buy different books if they chose. Publishing corporations kow-tow to Texas standards because Texas is the single largest purchaser of textbooks in the US.

      Even if the other states tried to revolt, Texas would still be the biggest bully on the block. Pissing off Texas is just a good way to go bankrupt.

      California has been able to get special service because they have something like the 6th largest economy in the world. As the second-biggest bully on the block, if you will, they can support their own market niche.

      Most states simply don't have that kind of purchasing power. And I wonder what will happen now that California really doesn't have it either.

      _Karl Rove is an outside agitator._

      by susanala on Wed Mar 03, 2010 at 07:00:23 AM PST

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