Texas makes push for digital textbooks

April 19, 2010
New laws make it easier for districts to acquire and use online materials
From The Dallas Morning News: Texas could help lead a textbook transformation if Gov. Rick Perry's recent proposal to abandon traditional texts takes hold. He already has support in the Legislature, which passed two bills last year increasing schools' access to digital content. The new state laws grant the commissioner of education the authority to select a list of electronic textbooks for districts, including open-source content – texts that can be downloaded free from the Internet. The laws also allow districts to use their textbook funds to buy electronic material and devices like netbook computers that can access it.

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