Ala. Lawmakers Look to Phase Out School Textbooks

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By Alabama News Network

A pair of state lawmakers are asking for $100 million in bonds to replace school textbooks with digital devices.

Republican state Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville and Rep. Jim McClendon of Springville told the Anniston Star that textbooks are obsolete and they estimate the state could eventually save $15 million by replacing the books with laptops or tablet computers.

The two sponsored the Alabama Ahead Act in 2012, which established a board and gave it the authority to issue up to $100 million to buy digital equipment for students.

A new bill they've sponsored would give the board authority to issue $100 million in bonds for the devices. Bills on the issue have already been pre-filed in the House and Senate in preparation for the 2014 legislative session.

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