The PreK-12 Learning Group’s advocacy program was active in many states this year and achieved important victories for the industry. In Texas, AAP was instrumental in passage of a funding measure totaling $1.05 billion for instructional materials. The appropriation is the single largest funding measure ever approved for instructional materials in the USA. AAP was also active in Florida where the legislature approved $225 million in funds for instructional materials.
Meanwhile, in California the legislature approved a state budget that added $3.1 billion in one-time funds for school districts, charter schools and county offices of education for one of two purposes: 1) discretionary funding, or 2) implementation of the Common Core State Standards and/or Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Schools can use the $3.1 billion to purchase of instructional materials, computers and/or professional development. Over the last three years AAP and several state education groups have worked closely with the Brown Administration to create the Common Core/NGSS fund.
For an in-depth update on policy issues affecting the learning resource industry, come to the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group's Fall Policy Exchange, September 29 in Washington, DC.