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Will the General Assembly lead the charge for e-textbooks?

Is it time for North Carolina to throw its weight behind e-books and to transition away from hardbound textbooks?

The digital learning committee thinks so, according to The Progressive Pulse, and the committee has recommended that the General Assembly "transition funding for textbooks to funding for digital textbooks and instructional resources" in a draft that will be made public later this week.

The blog points out that predictable pushback is likely when the recommendations are presented: "While 81 percent of the state’s households have a computer and 80 percent have access to the Internet, there is a large discrepancy between the haves and have-nots."

Mooresville Graded School District went completely digital a few years ago for grades three through 12. Four high schools and six school systems have also tested the waters.

McCrory unveils plan for N.C. higher education

Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory says he would work to increase the value of a North Carolina college diploma in part by helping students better determine whether a four- or two-year degree best matches their skills.

The former Charlotte mayor released Friday his higher education platform. It builds on previously unveiled ideas in which he's said there should be two pathways to get a high school degree - an academic route and a vocational route.

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