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Some Texas legislators say a 19th-century concept of learning is holding back the state from bringing school technology into the present, reports the Austin American-Statesman. Back in 1854, legislators guaranteed Texas schoolchildren access to free textbooks by establishing an educational endowment known as the Permanent School Fund. And though textbooks are now frequently giving way to digital media in the classroom, state spending on school technology, such as computers and internet connectivity, has been dwarfed by the resources put toward textbooks. State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, said he is concerned that the state is wasting its resources on "old vehicles"
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