It's been a while since I've posted...I've been busy settling into the Bay Area and gettin my research on!
Anyways, here's an article that I'd hope any district supervisor or educational policy board would read. It comes from a gentleman named Tamim Ansary, who's been working as an editor for textbook publishers for many years.
As if you didn't guess, his opinion of the textbook industry is less than a glowing expression of appreciation. He makes a lot of really interesting points about why it's so difficult to make a "good" textbook, and explains some quirks of the textbook market that sort-of put things into perspective in terms of what forces are shaping the market.
Take a look at this article, and think about what you might be able to do to help push our school system in a better direction. Certainly, ineffective textbooks aren't the only thing putting a damper on education, but as the foundation for many of our curriculum, they'd be a great place to start.