No Textbook Funds for Laptops

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The Texas Attorney General says state funds for purchasing school textbooks can't be used to buy laptops and other computer hardware.

Greg Abbott released his opinion yesterday in response to questions raised by the State Board of Education. Some lawmakers had tried to shift funding from books to technology.

According to the opinion, textbooks funds can be used for computer software.

The state pays for textbooks out of the Permanent School Fund, which is managed by the State Board of Education.

Board chairwoman Geraldine Miller says she's "absolutely delighted" by the ruling.

A bill introduced last year to shift classroom focus from textbooks to computers, technology and online material failed in the Legislature.

Miller says Abbott's opinion should protect the Permanent School Fund as lawmakers continue to debate instructional materials.