9 Jun 2009

California to scrap school textbooks

2:34 pm on 9 June 2009

Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced plans to scrap textbooks in the state's public schools and replace them with online textbooks.

Mr Schwarzenegger says the internet is the best way to learn in the classroom.

The BBC reports that the reason for the change is to save money.

California spent $US350 million on textbooks last year.

The state is facing a budget gap of $US24.3 billion. Last month, voters rejected a string of proposals to tackle the deficit.

Mr Schwarzenegger has ruled out imposing higher taxes to meet the shortfall.

On Monday, he signed an executive order to scrap funding on contracts from 1 March and barring state agencies from entering into new ones.