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Ala. lawmakers look to phase out school textbooks

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -

A pair of state lawmakers are asking for $100 million in bonds to replace school textbooks with digital devices.

Republican state Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville and Rep. Jim McClendon of Springville told the Anniston Star (http://bit.ly/1eBQAAZ ) that textbooks are obsolete and they estimate the state could eventually save $15 million by replacing the books with laptops or tablet computers.

The two sponsored the Alabama Ahead Act in 2012, which established a board and gave it the authority to issue up to $100 million to buy digital equipment for students.

A new bill they've sponsored would give the board authority to issue $100 million in bonds for the devices. Bills on the issue have already been pre-filed in the House and Senate in preparation for the 2014 legislative session

Information from: The Anniston Star, http://www.annistonstar.com/

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