TX Gov. wants to move away from school textbooks

April 9th, 2010 by

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry is proposing that Texas move away from using textbooks in public schools in the next four years.

Perry asked a computer gaming education conference Wednesday in Austin why Texas should still go through the textbook adoption process. He said textbooks get out of date quickly, and that computer software and technology can take their place.

He said school officials can help students get access to computer technology because costs are coming down. He said he didn’t have a cost comparison between books and online educational materials.

Perry, a Republican battling Democrat Bill White for the governorship this year, said the idea is something he wants to consider in the 2011 Legislature.

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