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August 29, 2004 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
Jolene Mitchell can understand the statewide budget crunch that has set her college tuition bills soaring, but the skyrocketing cost of textbooks is something that both baffles and angers her. Mitchell, a third-year microbiology student at UCLA, says she typically spends $1,000 a year on books -- that's about 15% of what she spends on her education. And many of the books are bundled with expensive CDs, workbooks and websites that she says she never uses.
January 19, 2012 | By Andrea Chang and Wailin Wong
Apple Inc. has already transformed the music, mobile phone and personal computing industries, and now the tech giant says its next chapter will be about reinventing textbooks. In New York on Thursday, at the company's first product launch event since the death of Steve Jobs in October, Apple announced a trio of new or updated products - the iBooks 2, iBooks Author and iTunes U applications - that it said would uproot the traditional learning experience. With the new iBooks 2 app, students can download interactive textbooks to their iPads, usually for $14.99 or less, eliminating the need for a bulging backpack laden with out-of-date, hundred-dollar textbooks.
April 16, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
ANTAKYA, Turkey - In newly printed textbooks at dozens of Syrian refugee schools, a small piece of Middle East geography has been amended. Seventy-five years ago, Turkey annexed the northern Syrian territory of Hatay against the will of Syria, but maps in Syrian schoolbooks during the lengthy reign of the Assad family have continued to include Hatay inside Syria's borders. The maps in the new schoolbooks show Hatay in Turkey, one of a number of political changes made by the Syrian opposition group that published the books.
October 24, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
When East Jerusalem teachers ask students to open their history books these days, pupils are wondering: Which one? Two sets of textbooks are vying for the formative minds of thousands of Palestinian students in Arabic-language schools in East Jerusalem. One was written by the Palestinian Authority, and the other is a revised version reprinted by Israeli authorities. It's a textbook war that underscores the long-running battle of narratives in the Mideast conflict, where the fight over the future is often rooted in understanding of the past, and schoolbooks can play a critical role.
December 15, 2011
The U.S. toll: 4,484 Re " Obama marks end of Iraq war ," Dec. 13 As the U.S. removes its final combat troops from Iraq, let us not forget the toll caused by a war of choice with no connection to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As of Dec. 14, 4,484 U.S. military personnel have been killed in Iraq since the war started in 2003. On 9/11, almost 3,000 people were killed. George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq resulted in the deaths of more Americans than Osama bin Laden's attack.
July 6, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- Textbooks and history classes in California schools would be required to include the contributions of gays, lesbians and transgender Americans under a proposal given final legislative approval in the Assembly on Tuesday and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. The measure sparked a spirited debate, including personal pleas from two openly gay lawmakers — Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco). They said the bill would reduce the bullying of gay students and correct an oversight by history books.
May 14, 1997 | CATHY WERBLIN
New textbooks recommended for language arts classes in English and Spanish for kindergarten through third-grade students are on display in the Garden Grove Unified School District's Media and Technology Center, 10331 Stanford Ave. Parents interested in previewing the textbooks may look them over from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 12. On June 4, hours will be extended until 8 p.m. and the books will be on display in the district office annex building.
April 3, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The nation's schools are teaching students how to respect the environment, but the lessons often are inadequate because textbooks rarely explain the scientific and economic factors involved, according to a report by the Independent Commission on Environmental Education. The panel, funded by conservative groups, asserted that texts are biased, contain factual errors, lean too far into advocacy or ignore science altogether.
October 6, 1999 | From Times wire services
The most widely used middle school science textbooks have flunked an evaluation by the nation's largest organization of scientists. Most of the books cover too many topics and don't do any of them well, said the report released last week by the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science. The analysis said the texts "include many classroom activities that are either irrelevant to learning key science ideas or don't help students relate what they are doing to the underlying ideas."
August 27, 1987 | Associated Press
A federal appeals court Wednesday reversed an Alabama judge's order that had banned 44 textbooks from Alabama public schools for promoting what the judge called a godless, humanistic religion. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled U.S. District Judge W. Brevard Hand's order had turned the First Amendment requirement that the government be neutral on the subject of religion "into an affirmative obligation to speak about religion."
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