In 1998 California Public Schools were allocated about $28 per student to purchase library books.
However, as of 2004, funding has been drastically reduced to a rate of about 70¢ per student.
With the average cost of a hardback book at $20, this funding only allows a school of 500 students to purchase 20-25 new books a year.
No child left behind? Please. How about "Every child left behind."