The state normally replaces textbooks on a rotating basis every 10 years. With Texas facing a budget shortfall of at least $11 billion in 2011, the money isn’t going to be there. Textbooks covering the new science standards would have cost $400 million, and the Legislature is already expecting a bill of $888 million for textbooks already ordered.
Interestingly, it also appears that part of the reason they can't afford the textbooks is because of their wingnut governor Rick Perry's aversion to federal aid.
The lack of textbook funding underscores Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) constant compulsion to oppose federal funding that could help his state.
Quite the wingnut conundrum ain't it?