Once upon a time, every high school student carried a heavy backpack filled with thick textbooks — the precious source of all knowledge they would need to study, pass tests and graduate, Lancaster Online reports. Those textbooks are precious all right, soon to be artifacts from another age. In many classrooms in Lancaster County and across the nation, textbooks now sit on classroom shelves while students are switching to virtual books, interactive materials and classroom lessons they can access from their home computer. Despite the hurdles involved, which mostly have to do with costs, at least five districts — Lancaster,...

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