April 27, 2011
Journalism 102 Project
Lower Textbook Costs Shot Down
A bill to lower textbook costs proposed by Rep. Bob Evans was shot down earlier this year in the House Committee for reasons about which people can only speculate.
The proposed bill, Bill 158, would have lowered the cost of textbooks for college students in Mississippi, and thus increase chances for more students to attend college and increase productivity of students. With rising costs of textbooks, more people are discouraged from attending institutions of higher learning due to financial binds. In addition, those who do attend college often opt not to buy a textbook because of the high price. This decision leads to poor grades because the student does not have the necessary means for studying, and it makes students less inclined to go to class altogether, and grades suffer even more. Full Version. Textbook fact sheet. Textbook prices.