Texas Ed: Comments on Education from Texas

July 20, 2006

Texas will pay for content but not access

Nice to know that Texas is eager to keep all districts on the cutting edge of technology.

Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Texas/Southwest:

According to the opinion, a textbook is not “computer hardware and other equipment.” Rather, a textbook is what contains educational content, such as a book or computer software.

Apparently, it doesn’t matter if can’t access the educational content on the software.

Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Texas/Southwest:

“I’m absolutely delighted in the answer to the question that we asked,” said Miller, R-Dallas. “I think it once and for all defines that instructional content material is a textbook or software. It is not a device, a piece of equipment or hardware.”

So does the state of Texas give blind students a regular text book and tell her “good luck” accessing the educational content?

Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Texas/Southwest:

“Nothing is more precious than a book,” she said.

No kidding. CD’s are already cheaper to produce than textbooks. And while laptops may not be the idea solution, what about ebook readers? They’re apparently are sturdy enough for libraries. Maybe she has stock in some paper company.

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