ERIC Number: EJ714138
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-1
Reference Count: N/A
A Digital Divide
School Library Journal, v51 n6 p24 Jun 2005
No state should be forced to make a Solomon-like decision between laptops and books for their students. Yet that is what appears to be taking place this year in Texas. The Texas state legislature has proposed a new law to outfit all secondary students with laptops at an estimated cost of $707.7 million over the next two years, according to Craig Tounget, executive director of the Texas Parents and Teachers Association. The problem is, textbooks that should have arrived in Texas classrooms for the 2004-2005 school year have been collecting dust in warehouses because the legislature has deferred paying the $327 million publisher's tab. While lawmakers have now agreed to fund those books, the $378 million that was slotted for textbooks for the 2006-2007 school year is being postponed instead. This article briefly describes the details of this situation in Texas.
Descriptors: State Legislation, Computer Uses in Education, Access to Computers, Textbooks, Educational Finance, Secondary Schools, Budgets
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas