Some Arizona classrooms have 15-year-old textbooks

| September 9, 2015

By Morgan Loew, Edward Ayala and Gilbert ZermeoKPHO CBS5

PHOENIX (CBS5) – When sixth-graders returned to school in the Casa Grande Elementary district this fall, they were assigned social studies textbooks that contain no mention of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq, or the election of Barack Obama, the first African-American president in United States history.

The textbooks were published in 2000, which makes them 15 years old, and explains why so much important American history is left out.

“Having new materials is very, very challenging,” said Barbara Wright, who is the director of curriculum and instruction at the Casa Grande Elementary District, where new textbooks are among the victims of our state’s education budget.

Wright says the money — millions of dollars — required to replace the old texts is just not available.

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