Textbooks and Curricula
Small schools operate on a stringent budget. As a result, ordering new textbooks is often a dream rather than a reality. There are, however, options for acquiring textbooks when finances will not allow for the purchase of new books.
- Contact high schools to ask for books that recently have been replaced as a result of new textbook adoption.
- Purchase from publishers who resell used textbooks.
- Contact larger adult education programs to find out if they are replacing books or if they have a surplus.
- Meet with local clubs, organizations, and businesses to discuss your school’s needs and request a financial donation to purchase textbooks.
- Research grant opportunities that fit the course content.
If the adult school uses the same textbooks as the district high school, these textbooks will already have been approved by the district Board of Trustees. If you want to acquire new textbooks that have not been used in the district, you will need Board of Trustees’ approval. Ask for a copy of your district’s board policy on textbook adoption (CSBA Sample Policy #6161.1).
Students may not be charged for books if they are enrolled in ESL, citizenship, ABE, GED, and high school diploma classes. Students enrolled in other classes may be charged for books, provided that fees charged do not exceed the actual cost of the books to the district (EC 52616.4(a)(1)(2). (Note: Shipping, tax, and personnel processing costs can be factored into price of books.)