I found this interesting.
From the article:
the district is required by state law to buy paper books, which it stores in a warehouse. Schools are reluctant to
issue textbooks to each student because after six or seven years, when districts are supposed to send outdated
textbooks to the state for disposal, they have to pay the state for unaccounted-for books.
I remember having to turn in books at the end of the year because the school was
responsible for the texts. Funny how that comes back to me. . . .
Where I am headed with this is that books can be replaced much easier, although
laps-tops (provided for the students, according to the article) most certainly cannot
be replaced easily.
Another thought. Books may be updated much more easily, and more cost effectively,
than standard text books. No more out of date civics books showing Lyndon Johnson as President.