California Senate approves software as an alternative to textbooks

California teenagers might be spared having to lug backbreaking loads of textbooks to school under a proposal that would make it easier for campuses to use electronic instructional material, reports the Los Angeles Times. Giving high schools greater freedom to spend state money on software to put textbooks on laptops and other electronic devices was approved May 11 by the state Senate. California law limits how school districts can use state funds for instructional materials, requiring them to purchase enough textbooks for all students before spending money on electronic material. As a result, some districts have purchased materials in both book form and software or have refrained from buying software, said the bill’s author, state Sen. Elaine Alquist. SB 247 would allow districts to satisfy textbook requirements if they can provide each student with hardware and software that meet the same accessibility requirements that printed textbooks offer…

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