Public school districts getting more control over books
BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to give local public school districts more freedom to choose their textbooks.
The governor's office announced Wednesday that Jindal had signed a measure by Rep. Gene Reynolds, a Minden Democrat, that will let local districts decide which books and materials should be used in their classrooms.
The state education department will review instructional materials in English, math, science and social studies to decide whether they meet state educational standards. But local districts won't be bound by its approved list.
The education department will be required to post online the textbooks and instructional materials it reviews and to help with bulk purchasing to get deals.