Read those textbooks and weep

05.08.2011                      05.Aw-Elul, 5771

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Read those textbooks and weep

Not only are schoolbooks for kids hard to find second-hand, the schools are ignoring the rules, costing parents a fortune each year.

Every summer, before the school year starts, Yehudit makes the rounds of the stores, buying the textbooks and gear her children need as they advance a grade. Even after persuading them they don't need a new backpack each year and after nudging them away from the expensive branded exercise books, she knows she faces a heavy, nonnegotiable outlay about which there's nothing she can do: the list of textbooks handed down by the school.
"Every year I have to buy books. I never managed to hand down books from my older daughter to my son, who are four years apart," she says. "The schools don't use the same books, so even handing down books from the bigger children of friends or family isn't an option. And this year, we discovered that half the books on the list for my daughter, who's going into ninth grade, were published in 2010 or 2011, so buying used books isn't an option either."…