Did You Say Free? Educators Turn to Textbooks That Cost Nothing, as U.S. Department of Education Throws Its Weight Behind Them by Nichole Dobo | College Guide | The Washington Monthly
I confess I was skeptical of the effort, in part because I find the term, “openly licensed” problematical, if not an evasion. However, at this early stage, the news is more encouraging than not. However:
How widespread are free textbooks? It’s hard to say. Many states do not keep a public list of all the textbooks that are in use in schools.
A University of Southern California assistant professor, Morgan Polikoff, is working on a project to shake that information loose using Freedom of Information Act requests. His preliminary work, presented last week at an Education Writers Association seminar in Los Angeles, revealed that at least one free textbook took a cross-country flight: EngageNY, created by the New York State Department of Education, is now among the most popular textbooks in California.