The approval of LOMLOE was a first step, somewhat belated for the new school year, for the autonomous communities to make up their own School program. Those who speak their own language can change up to 50% of the content, and in territories where Spanish is the only official language, this percentage is reduced to 40%. Publishers are struggling to change the books as communities publish their drafts, even though Andalusia has already said they don’t arrive on time. Added to this is another new feature: rising prices for paper and raw materials which, according to various firms, will increase the cost of school resources. Families, for their part, say they value other educational resources in addition to the textbook.
“The big problem we’re facing is Implementation scheduleextremely demanding at all stages of learning,” says Rosa Luengo, editorial director of Edelvives. Since all content is published by the Ministry of Education, it is now the turn of the communities to adapt it. “We have drafts, but some they are very unstableand not even all regions handed them out,” he adds. So the level of uncertainty that exists in stamps is very high, even though they outlined the books as their contents were formalized.
On average, 20 people can participate in each book.
According to Luengo, in each book they can an average of 20 people participate, among all those specialists dedicated to the pedagogical and didactic part, illustrative, photographic, layout and orthographic correction. This is a team that must go in rhythm to prepare for September all those materials accompanying the pedagogical project from every publisher, not just the textbook. Be that as it may, some communities are already warning that they do not arrive on time. Andalusia surprised us because will implement LOMLOE but with LOMCE books; and Galicia also says that he has no time and that there will be no need to change the books. Each autonomous community works at a different pace, and this is for us it’s not transparent because we have almost no information,” adds the editorial director of Edelvives.
In the beginning of May project promotion stage that each publishing house brings together teachers of educational centers, despite the fact that the content is not closed. “We have made an important bet and we go with full booksbut in a preliminary version,” Luengo appreciates. They are not the only ones as SM did the same. Jorge Light is the director of services and products of this publishing house in Spain, and is also responsible for the editorial part. “We started working on projects when the law change was announced, about two years ago, and although we have everything ready, since the projects have been approved, it took us about two months to finish the edition after approval of the final content”, on their own terms.
There are still no middle and high school projects
According to Light, High school and high school drafts are still missing. “He believes that once the curriculum is approved and published in the relevant official bulletin, our team should analyze it and report on the changes that we should make to the already prepared textbooks,” he explains. . SM, for its part, has a command from 150 to 200 specialists between editors, illustrators and layout designers. As Light adds, in the case authors of the textbook SM figure about 200because “these are collaborative works”, and each book can be written by up to a dozen people.
In any case, although LOMLOE includes a complete modification of learning, i.e. from 0 to 18 years old, the only books that need to be changed are those corresponding to odd years. “We have already developed a project, although they have not been changed, for all courses and stages. Now we’ll land a book of odd courses and for 2023-2024 others, with the exception of pre-school education, which comes suddenly,” says Light. He also refers to what is happening in Andalusia: “We understand that the new law will be implemented, but without their own summary, perhaps they will keep the ministry. It also doesn’t look like they’re going to fund book renewals, so we understand last year’s books are being kept,” he points out, referring to the free for families that these school resources have in the southern region.
Teams small and overburdened
José Moyano, president of the National Association of Book and Educational Publishers (ANELE), believes that “logical timing is out of control where LOMLOE is scheduled to enter.” Given his knowledge of the issue at the state level, he confirms that “even at the beginning of May, the autonomous communities are still confirming their curricula, even some don’t even have drafts”. Thus, it is possible that some regions will issue their decrees immediately after the start of the school year in September.
Communities that have been actively involved since the law was amended have not yet announced the start of procedures to implement their autonomous decrees.
This leader of the employers’ association is surprised at how some communities, such as País Valencià, Asturias, Castilla-La Mancha or Canarias, who have been actively involved since the start of the law change, they have not announced the start of procedures yet carry out their autonomous decrees. “I talked to all the regions and found that they have very professional teams but very small and overloaded‘, says Moyano. Despite this delay in terms of content design by regions, it looks like publishers will bypass out of paperalthough they warn that the cost of this raw material has increased by an average of 30%.
Therefore, Luengo claims that they own printing house whose paper delivery reassures them. “What will be more difficult will be determine the actual rolls What will you need if the community doesn’t eventually publish the curriculum in time if I need 5,000 or 20,000 units of the book. Making an assessment right now is difficult,” in his own words. SM’s Light is also aware of the shortage of paper and its high price increases. “It is true that we will have to drop this cost of raw materials and transport in the final price, although the quantity has not yet been determined,” he says.
The editorial director of Edelvives, for his part, also states that “obviously there will be price changesit will be a process that will need to be adjusted, although the school world will not support the real increase that it might envision.” And he continues:Production costs are always related to circulation., and until the last moment we will not know how many copies there will be. This is blue whiting that bites its own tail.”
Go beyond the textbook
Families of school-aged boys take the opportunity to emphasize that “the textbook is the pedagogical resource of everything that exists“, according to Marie Carmen Morillas, President of the Federation of Student Parent Associations (FAPA) Giner de los Ríos and Vice President of the Confederation Nationally Affiliating These Associations (CEAPA). “We understand that publishing houses will work marches to be able to offer materials to the centers,” he says.
“I understand that the final list of books for each center will not be released until September,” Morillas said.
“I understand that even September the final list of books will not be released each center, or you can leave at the end of June, as is usually the case, but always with content interrogationwhich will not be fully approved,” continues Morillas. Regarding the projected price increase, the CEAPA vice president notes that in many regions the book lending system is at the center. Now that she needs a refresh, she responsibility centers to talk to publishers everything was on time,” he emphasizes.
In the event that families are responsible for purchasing textbooks, parent associations will be very vigilant because they have paid “a real fortune in additional expenses.” According to Morillas, the consumable for the smallest, painted or cut out, is about 250 euros per academic yearin elementary school, the family allowance remains at 200, and in MOT is 350 euros. “If we see a significant price increase, we will report it. We are going through a very difficult moment when the families are still in ERTE,” concludes the representative of the families of the Spanish students.
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