Letters to the Editor

State senator approves of textbook rentals

This is in response to the Jan. 24 article, “Fresno State students save money by renting textbooks.”

As the author of a 2009 bill that would have required faculty members of all California higher education institutions to perform cost-benefit analyses to justify the adoption of new edition textbooks, I applaud Chegg.com and Fresno State for giving students a financial break.

Unfortunately, my bill (Senate Bill 386) was blocked by education unions, but I am encouraged to read that Fresno State students will find relief from the unnecessary burden of textbook expenses.

Textbooks continue to be on the rise — for some California community college courses, the cost of textbooks actually exceeds the cost of tuition and fees. Without adequate alternatives, many students cannot afford to buy all the required texts. As a result, they suffer academically.

I hope more California higher education institutions will choose to work collaboratively with Chegg and similar companies.

George Runner

State senator, 17th District