By: AP
By: AP

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Two Republican legislators are proposing the state sell up to $100 million in bonds to buy electronic tablets or similar devices for Alabama students in grades nine through 12.

Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville and Rep. Jim McClendon of Springville said that would allow the students to get digital textbooks, which are cheaper than printed textbooks. Dial said the savings on textbooks should be sufficient to pay off the bonds.

The two legislators said the pen-enabled tablets will hold all the textbooks a student needs. The tablets could also be used by the students to do their homework and to take tests, which will reduce the amount that schools spend on paper.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by James Location: Dothan on Dec 22, 2011 at 01:38 PM
    That is one of the least thought out proposals I think I've ever heard. I have a child in one of the Charter schools, and they don't have text books they can bring home and study from anyway. So, you want the State to go deeper in debt for something that apparently is not needed now, when we're laying off teachers and other state personelle and the largest county in the state is filing bankruptucy! So just how is borrowing another $100 million going to save us money???
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2011 at 07:40 AM
    Some students will probably sale them, then claim they lost them. I think thats a waste of money.
  • by b on Dec 22, 2011 at 06:00 AM
    Like they're actually gonna use them tablets for school...
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      by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2011 at 10:03 AM in reply to b
      Most can't read or write anyway. So we need more money for education?
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