Bills would replace textbooks in Ala. classrooms

Textbooks have been a part of the student life since the days of the
one-room school house. But several members of the Alabama Legislature
say it's time to throw out many of the books and replace them with
laptop computers, tablets and other modern technology.

First up on
the agenda in the Alabama House and Senate for the session opening in
January are bills calling for a $100 million bond issue to allow school
systems, on a voluntary basis, to buy the equipment needed to allow most
students to use modern technology instead of textbooks.

Not all
legislators support the plan. Republican Rep. Phil Williams of
Huntsville says he backs the concept but questions whether the state can
afford millions of dollars in expenses after years of tight budgets.

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