PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 

U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 

18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

It’s “Freshman Year” for New WA Textbook Law

September 4, 2007

Washington college students spend big bucks on textbooks every semester, but relief may be in sight, thanks to Washington's "College Textbook Transparency Act." The new state law is the first of its kind in the nation; it takes effect this fall, and was created to stem rising textbook costs.

Phil Jack, a community college professor in Auburn and Des Moines, testified on behalf of the law. He says the publishers who have contacted him are complying with the new requirements.

"They're professionals, and they're going to work within the guidelines that they have to work with. And they probably aren't going to be grousing about it front of me, because I'm the customer."

The Act requires publishers to disclose prices to Washington professors up front. The new law also allows college bookstores to break up "bundled" materials that go with the books, such as study guides, and sell them individually at lower prices. Jack believes it will help teachers keep their students' budgets in mind.

"The main reason we do what we do is because we want to help the students, and having the information available helps us to make better decisions."

Book prices have risen at four times the rate of inflation, and textbooks cost the typical college student about $900 per year.

Chris Thomas/John Robinson, Public News Service - WA