Cleveland schools hope state - or someone else - will help pay for shift from textbooks to tablets

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

“Nooks instead of books” was almost a catchphrase from Cleveland schools chief Eric Gordon during last fall’s levy campaign.

In speech after speech, Gordon mentioned his goal of shifting the district from textbooks to computerized materials, using the Nook brand e-reader or other tablet computers.

A year later, the district has not yet made the switch, but is searching for ways to make it happen without using the levy money.

Michelle Pierre-Farid, the district’s chief academic officer, said she hopes the state will give the district $5 million from it’s new Straight-A innovations fund to buy 17,000 tablets for the district and to train teachers in using them in lessons.

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