Prompted by a budget crisis, California has released school districts from requirements to use money to upgrade instructional materials. Schools may shift how they use $300 million earmarked for textbooks and materials to other critical areas, such as staffing. The state has suspended curriculum and textbook review for four years, which could delay the approval of new textbooks until 2016. Educators are concerned about the effect on instruction; publishers are worried about the loss of orders from the large California market.

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