The United States is in the midst of a textbook shortage. This has been an ongoing problem for years, but it seems to be getting worse with time.
The National Association of Educational Publishers reports that during the 2014-2015 school year, schools were short about $1 billion worth of textbooks and other instructional materials. This is only going to get worse.
The National Center for Education Statistics reports that the number of public schools in the United States increased from about 98,00 in 2007-2008 to about 100,700 during 2011-2012.
In addition, a study by SRI International predicts that there will be an increase in enrollment at all levels of education – K-12 and higher ed – by 2020 because of population growth and demographic changes (such as more young people).
This means educators are likely to need even more textbooks than they did before. All these numbers suggest we’re on track for another textbook shortage crisis sometime soon.” Textbook Shortage: Why It Matters And What We Can Do About It | #SchoolsShortOnBooks