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Textbooks: Center Of Debate But No Longer Center Of Classroom

The past month’s debate about whether the Muscogee County School District has enough relevant textbooks for its students isn’t even a relevant question for educators who have moved away from print books. 

The state’s goal, as expressed in the Digital Classroom Act of 2015 (Georgia Senate Bill 89), is to have, by July 1, 2020, all instructional content purchased by local school boards to be in an electronic format and all local school systems to provide a wireless computer device to each of their students as the principal source of reading or accessing instructional content.

The district’s proposed fiscal year 2016 budget has $2.9 million targeted for textbooks, which number approximately 266,000 in the district’s inventory.
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