In Fiscal Year 2008, Kentucky spent $21.7 million buying textbooks for students in the state's public school system.
Today, free textbooks in K-12 public schools have gone the way of the dinosaur and the dodo bird. They became the extinct victims of substantial cuts in state spending on education in the aftermath of the Great Recession.
While avoiding free textbooks' fate of complete eradication, other important K-12 programs took significant post-recession hits as well.
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