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  (Source: maxupdates.tv)
Thanks to two new bills, there is financial relief at last

Whether you're racking up tuition fees now or still paying student loans after graduation, you know one thing is for sure: College is expensive. To make matters worse, the spending doesn't end at a semester of classes -- there's books that need to be purchased as well, and they're worth more than a little bit of pocket change.

But if you're going to school in California, a bit of relief has finally come your way in the form of two bills: SB 1052 and SB 1053. 

Both bills, which were crafted by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), will allow California college students to download up to 50 core textbooks for free in the form of e-books. The e-books are for lower-division courses and are for classes at the University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges. 

More specifically, SB 1052 allows for the development of the e-books and the creation of the California Open Education Resources Council for e-book approvals. SB 1053 has developed the California Digital Open Source Library to store the new e-books. 

"Many students are paying more than $1,000 every year on their textbooks, sometimes having to choose between buying the books they need or paying for food and other living expenses," said Steinberg. 

The new e-book bills were signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday. They are expected to go into effect starting in the 2013-14 school year. 

Digital textbooks are certainly becoming the new way of learning in institutions around the globe. This new form of educational offerings was further boosted by Apple earlier this year, who released iBooks 2 and iBooks Author that allow for the creation of digital textbooks and makes them available for purchase on the iPad. 

Source: CA.gov



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RE: We all pay in one form or another
By ClownPuncher on 10/1/2012 4:44:02 PM , Rating: 2
It had the benefit of freeing slaves, which is what most people consider the most important part(right or not). I'd wager 90% of Americans don't know much at all behind the actual political motivations, or the gathering of Federal power away from the states.


By The Raven on 10/2/2012 7:53:45 PM , Rating: 2
I thought the slaves weren't freed until the 1960s. As a matter of fact it seems like many of them still aren't free as they are continuously being locked up for victimless crimes.

John Brown > Abe Lincoln

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I'd wager 90% of Americans don't know much at all behind the actual political motivations, or the gathering of Federal power away from the states.

Hence the controversy re: textbooks/federal education initiatives.


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