I'm not assigning textbooks next year. I'll have class sets of all my books available for students to use during class. If they really, really need to check out a book overnight, I do have plenty of extras for that purpose. I've decided not to assign books to individual students because too many of them have gotten lost over the last couple of years. We have an extremely high transiency rate here in Vegas, with around 40% of our students leaving at some point before the end of the school year. Many of those kids attend class one day and then withdraw the next day, never having turned in their books. I'd say I lost about 25 textbooks that way last year--and at over $50 apiece, that's a ton of money in replacement costs! (We do charge the students, but we can't do much about it if they don't return to the district.) With our huge budget crisis going on right now, I'd rather spend my money on other stuff, you know? What do you think about it? Can you think of any reasons why I absolutely must assign textbooks to individual students?