Auditor Pickering flags schools for violating textbook law

Mississippi school systems are routinely violating a state law that says they have to issue a textbook to every student to take home, the state auditor says.

Stacey Pickering said that many districts are only buying enough books for a set to keep in each classroom, which may mean a student can’t take a book home to study. Others are relying on photocopied material, or even in some cases using state-issued sample tests for their main instructional material.

“From our standpoint, what we have found is the vast majority of schools are not compliant with state law,” Pickering said.