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    An often overlooked fact is that Texas has hundreds of millions of dollars a year in revenue from its Permanent School Fund that can only be spent on buying textbooks. That tax revenues are down across the board has little effect here because the revenues generated from oil on state-owned lands--including all "submerged land" 10 miles out into the Gulf of Mexico--are still huge and dedicated to buying mass quantities of textbooks.

    While other states (and districts in those states) are putting off purchases indefinitely because they have no money, Texas will be buying new textbooks with these revenues. So if the choice is to illustrate a math book, say, with a picture of a woman in a business suit holding a briefcase or a woman in an apron holding a cup measure, I wouldn't be too confident that the publishers will be overly concerned with ordering up two illustrations when one will do.

    "The eyes of the people are fast opening! Fight on!"--Andrew Jackson

    by Al Stanley on Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 08:31:53 PM PDT

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