Glenbard School Board Eyes Lower Book Fees

A west suburban school board is considering a plan to make student costs for textbooks more reasonable.

Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports that textbook purchases fluctuate from $100 to $500 per student in Glenbard District 87.

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The proposal, which the school board will consider on Monday, would mandate a $125 flat book rental for every student.

Assistant Supt. Hector Garcia sees this as a bridge to what’s down the line: electronic textbooks.

“We’ve purchased books that have CD versions there, or an online version to it,” said Garcia. “We know the technology is there to do it. In my view [it’s] just a matter of time on how they can price an entity like this.”

Garcia predicts more widespread use of electronic textbooks in the next five or six years.

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