- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

CLEBURNE, Ala. (AP) - Cleburne schools officials have authorized a plan to eliminate textbooks and have students learn core subjects on laptop computer next year.

The Anniston Star reports (http://bit.ly/1jeItil ) the city’s education board approved of buying 800 Google Chromebooks for the district’s high school students. The newspaper reports the move will cost the district about $391,200.

Superintendent Claire Dryden says students will be given a laptop and a tutorial on using them during their summer orientation.

Officials say the laptops will be loaded with PDF versions of required textbooks for core classes - including math, science, reading and language arts. Students will also be able to access the textbooks online from other internet-enabled devices.

Dryden says aside from preparing students for a computer-based workforce, the laptops are cheaper to buy annually than textbooks.

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Information from: The Anniston Star, http://www.annistonstar.com/