Politics & Government

Georgia legislator suggests electronic readers for schools

ATLANTA — Local school systems could buy electronic readers instead of textbooks under a bill that passed the Georgia Senate on Tuesday.

The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Cecil Staton, would still have to pass the House of Representatives and get the governor;s signature to take effect. Then, the state Board of Education would have to sign off on the change to give local school boards the option of buying Kindles, iPads and other next-generation devices in lieu of bound books.

All of a student's books could be loaded into one device, which could be used for years. There was some concern Tuesday how the change would affect poorer systems, but Staton, R-Macon, said the goal is to give local school boards flexibility when it comes to spending state education dollars.

"I have two teens," Staton said. "I know how kids learn today. It's not the way I learned."

A similar but broader bill has been filed in the House, and it will probably be passed out of committee this week, said Brooks Coleman, chairman of the House Education Committee. Coleman, R-Duluth, said he likes the idea of allowing local school boards to decide what to buy instead of sticking to state mandates.

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