Reading, writing, arithmetic - and now, returning.
That's returning those textbooks in good shape next June, for the city's public school students.
The Board of Education yesterday unanimously adopted a policy requiring students to return textbooks at the end of the school year, or face fines and other penalties.
The get-tough stance is the latest chapter in a three-year effort to supply enough books for approximately 210,000 students.
Money for school books and related instructional materials has increased from $9 million in 1994 to a projected $23 million in the upcoming school year.