I guess going broke does have some upside.
ArsTechnica reports that the California guv announced that the state intends to develop open source digital textbooks for math and science. This is a nice way to overcome the 6 year approval cycle for paper textbooks. The article has more detail and a link to the announcement of the initiative.
"Once the program is in full swing, a school district with 10,000 high school students could end up with savings in the area of $2 million a year. For now, however, the certification of digital texts will focus on various areas of math and science: Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Earth Sciences."