California schools see distant digital future for textbooks

Teachers and textbook techies, take note. The state is reviewing digital versions of textbooks that could be used in high school math and science classes next year.

It's the first step in a transition from the 5-pound texts loaded into schoolkids' backpacks to computer-based books and learning materials, and California is the first state to try it.

When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger addressed the Legislature on Tuesday, he said going digital could save schools hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

School administrators realize this could be the future of instruction, but they say it won't save them money anytime soon.

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