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Craven County Schools increase use of electronic textbooks

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NEW BERN, N.C. -

State budget cuts are forcing local school districts to make some tough choices.

In Craven County, some schools are phasing out textbooks in favor of electronic books, or e-books.

The state has mandated schools make the switch to digital learning by the year 2017.

About half of all Craven County schools already use e-books.

School officials say in some cases they are cheaper than textbooks because they're updated regularly and come with other amenities.

"It's got movie streaming and professional development support for teachers, and it comes with a bigger package than a hardcopy textbook," said Annette Brown, Craven County assistant superintendent for instructional services.

Craven County Schools used to get about $800,000 a year from the state in textbook funding Now the district only receives about $200,000 a year, said Wayne Beasley, Craven County assistant superintendent for accountability and technology.

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