Georgia Senate voted 65-5 to qualify e-readers as textbooks among other computer hardware. According to the bill, school districts would have the option to offer modern alternatives for disseminating digital information.

This only makes sense since textbooks are currently undergoing digital transformation and can be downloaded to electronic devices.

Supporters of the measure believe this would help students learn faster and better since information would be more readily available.

Others charge that Georgia state funds are already under strain and that the state will spend $45 million on new textbooks alone. Still, the majority of statewide education organizations support the bill.

Written by Ernie Suggs; Edited by Bill Sorensen

Source: AJC