(Yahoo News) Students may rightfully gripe at the cost of tuition for college, but once there, realize they face another major expense in the form of pricey textbooks for each class. According to the OC Weekly, Mike Tracy, an animator and long-time teacher at the Art Institute of California-Orange County, knows this. Wanting to save his students some money, rather than requiring them to buy an e-book he considered “redundant” and “irrelevant,” he left all texts off his syllabus and is now out of a job because of it.
Tracy, who has previously never required books for his Photoshop class, was informed by school administrators that all teachers must require e-book purchases from their students as part of a new school policy. When Tracy refused to adhere to that policy, he received a letter dated last Tuesday, August 10, from school president Gregory Marick, who issued this ultimatum:
“As you have been previously informed, you are required to utilize an eBook from the list…Failure to comply with this directive will result in your immediate termination of employment for insubordination.”
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