Under a bill signed by Gov. Rick Perry on June 19, Texas school districts will be able to tap state textbook money for buying laptop computers or other technology needed to access electronic teaching materials, reports the Austin American-Statesman. State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, the sponsor of House Bill 4294, said the objective was to give school districts the flexibility they need to update how students get their lessons. But some members of the State Board of Education had strongly objected to the bill, because they said it diminished the board's authority and turned it over to the Education Commissioner....

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