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Calif. Expands Digital Textbook Initiative

California's free digital textbook initiative, which was launched last year and I wrote about here, just entered Phase 2.

In the first phase, a state panel reviewed a number of math and science textbooks that are available online for free and rated how well they align with state standards in those subjects. Now Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has expanded the program to include history-social science and higher level math texts.

"Resources like digital textbooks play a critical role in our 21st-century educational landscape, and expanding my first-in-the-nation initiative will provide local school districts additional high-quality free resources to help prepare California's students to compete in the global marketplace," Gov. Schwarzenegger, a Republican, said in a statement. "I urge content developers to jump on board this second phase and submit social science and advanced math material to help ensure California's shift to a more advanced and cost-effective education system continues."

More information on the initiative, as well as submission requirements, is available from the California Learning Resource Network.

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