In the state that gave the world Facebook, Google, and the iPod, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says forcing California's students to rely on printed textbooks is so yesterday.

The governor recently launched an initiative to see if the state's 6 million public school students could use more online learning materials, including open courseware--perhaps saving millions of dollars a year in textbook purchases. (See "California considers open textbooks.") Now, other states will be watching to see how the initiative fares.

"California is home to software giants, bioscience research pioneers, and first-class university systems known around the world. But our students still learn from...

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