Under new Texas state legislation, school districts for the first time can spend a portion of state textbook money on computer hardware and digital content — and the state can stockpile open electronic material, making it available free to all schools. But some stakeholders, including State Board of Education members, fear the explosion of choice will produce an erosion of high-quality content, reports the Texas Tribune. Whether the digital revolution will run rampant through Texas schools remains an open question. The changes still don’t fully finance the ambitions of technology-oriented districts, particularly for hardware infrastructure. And much work remains to acclimate teachers, particularly in remote areas. But it’s clear that school systems will have far more freedom to tailor a whole new realm of content to the diverse needs of districts small and large, urban and rural–and that those who will lose stroke in the deal, most notably the State Board of Education, don’t like it…

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