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Alabama lawmakers clash over $100 million measure to replace paper textbooks with laptops and tablets

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Alabama lawmakers clash over $100 million measure to replace paper textbooks with laptops and tablets

October 23, 2013 - 11:56

HUNTSVILLE, AL, Oct. 23, 2013 (Local News) -State Rep. Phil Williams, R-Monrovia, says the state of Alabama is racing in the wrong direction with calls to borrow $100 million to put laptops in the hands of all children.

"I'm concerned we're about to make a boneheaded move," said Williams, chair of the House technology committee and vice chair of the education policy committee.

He said fellow lawmakers pushing to spend money on hardware fail to understand how quickly technology changes or how technology is even used by children. "The device is the mistake," he said, meaning the state was already missing the latest trends by focusing on hardware purchases.

AL.com - Rep. Phil Williams says Alabama lawmakers 'boneheaded' to consider student laptops, tablets

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