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Allow State Textbook Funds to Be Used for PCs and Digital Content

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Allow State Textbook Funds to Be Used for PCs and Digital Content

Case Brief

Challenge: Prepare students for 21st century world: Texas school districts need to provide students with proven resources to help them meet not only state achievement goals but also the challenges of post-secondary education and the modern workplace.

Solution: Empower local school districts: Some schools and districts have met this challenge by bringing both state-approved textbooks and research-based and/or locally developed software programs into the classroom. Districts should be given the authority to use state textbook funding to purchase digital materials (approved by the Commissioner of Education to increase student achievement) and the PCs to run them.

Impact: Money saved: Currently, districts must use local funds to purchase digital materials. When districts are allowed to apply textbook funds to these purchases, they will be free to use local funds for other purposes, including savings.

Student achievement raised: If districts are allowed to purchase digital instruction materials that have been proven to raise achievement (and approved by the Commissioner of Education), students will better meet performance goals. The flexibility to combine textbooks with digital materials will help educators tailor instruction to different styles of learning.

Accountability aligned with decision-making: School boards, schools, and teachers are held accountable for their students meeting achievement goals. They should be allowed to make their best decisions on what materials will help their students meet those goals.

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