Hutchison wants more technology in Texas schools

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said Nov. 24 that if elected governor of Texas, her education plan would focus on bringing more technology to the classroom and helping schools find ways to save money, reports the Associated Press. Hutchison, who is challenging Gov. Rick Perry in the Republican primary for governor in March, unveiled her plans in a biotechnology lab at the Collin County Community College District in the Dallas suburb of Plano. "Now is the time for us to be really creative using technology," said Hutchison, who said she has approached several companies about developing an e-learning device that could replace conventional textbooks. Hutchison also said she’d like every college and university in the state to offer a version of the University of Texas’ UTeach program, which recruits and trains math, science, and computer science majors to become high school teachers. To help lower the high school dropout rate, Hutchison proposed initiatives that include helping middle school students who are behind to catch up at an accelerated pace and offering online learning. Perry campaign spokesman Mark Miner said many of the education topics Hutchison talked about have been addressed by the governor already, including expanding technology in schools and financial accountability in districts…

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