Millions wasted on unused textbooks reflect our self-indulgent society

November 17, 2011

It's about time The Sun reported on the millions of dollars spent on unused textbooks in the Baltimore County school system ("Officials question millions spent on Balto. Co. tests and curriculum," Nov. 12). This is something that has been going on for a long time.

I retired as a classroom teacher and mentor for Baltimore County in 2001. While in my last position, mentors often discussed the many books on various ability levels and subjects that were left in their original packaging in the book room.

Each year, more books were ordered and stored simply because funds were available for this expenditure.

As a nation we have so much "stuff," yet waste is as rampant in education as in other professions.

Do we need another task force to uncover the truth of our self-indulgent society? Hopefully, articles like this will lead to more accountability for where, how and why our tax dollars are spent.

Andrea Kowaleski

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