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Issue Position: Electronic Textbooks

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My view on this issue is very simple. The local school boards should decide whether or not to utilize electronic content in addition to or instead of textbooks. The important issue is the content being selected. As long as the SBOE and TEA have approved the content, the delivery method should be a local decision.

Some have expressed a concern about the impact on the PSF if the state buys a lot of expensive computer hardware. This could be addressed by maintaining the existing textbook allotment formulas for school districts. Once provided with their allotment, the school district can then decide to spend that money on textbooks or electronic content to be used on laptops or electronic readers (ie. Kindle, Sony eReader, etc..)

To be clear, I don't want to give all schoolchildren unrestricted access to the internet. The goal is a 21st century delivery platform for instructional materials in a cost-effective manner. It's just that simple.


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