Utah school technology bill clears first hurdle

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The broad strokes of a plan to fill Utah's schools with digital learning devices have been public for weeks, but on Wednesday lawmakers got their first chance to hold debate and take action on the proposal.

HB131, or the Public Education Modernization Act, would upgrade the technology and network infrastructure in Utah's public schools and begin moving the state toward a so-called "one-to-one" device ratio where each of Utah's more than 600,000 students would have access to a digital learning device.

"Technology is upon us, representatives," HB131 sponsor Rep. Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton, said while urging committee support of the bill Wednesday. "We have to move forward. We have to be more competitive."

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