The Houston Chronicle reports that the state attorney general, Gregg Abbott, has decided that funds set aside since 1876 for school textbooks cannot be reallocated to the purchase of laptops and other computer hardware. This decision is expected to shift the debate in the State Legislature, where some want to shift the educational focus from books to technology. This decision was requested by the chair of the State Board of Education, Geraldine Miller, who is delighted with the decision. She explains: “I think it once and for all defines that instructional content material is a textbook or software. It is not a device, a piece of equipment or hardware.” Miller believes this decision will protect the Permanent School Fund–established by Texas Constitution in 1876…