Cleveland School District has moved to e-books and now students are able to access their books from the Internet.
"We are trying to get to the point, where instead of buying hardbound textbooks, we get e-books. What you've got to realize is that textbooks can't switch over to common core and say 'we're common core ready' because they're just not," said Dr. Lisa Bramuchi, the assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and assessment for the Cleveland School District.
Some of the e-books have yet to be ordered due to the fact that the number of students enrolled is not known until August.
Bramuchi said the process of purchasing e-books begins when the teachers know what textbooks they will be using and then get their list to the principals. The principals then turn those lists over to the district office.
She explained once the district begins the budget in July for the next school year, they can begin the process of purchasing a license for each e-book.
Bramuchi said while e-books are normally purchased to cut back on costs, the e-books purchased for the district are only $10 less that the traditional textbook.
"We already have e-books in U.S. history. They are being purchased for math, history, and English at the middle schools and high schools. The district could not purchase the e-books until the hard copies were chosen and ordered," said Bramuchi.
Despite some students not having textbooks, Bramuchi said, "Students will never be penalized for not having a textbook."
In regards to students that do not have Internet access at home she said, "They will be able to access this from their smartphone. Principals and teachers will make the necessary accommodations to not be punitive to a child for lack of Internet access."
Bramuchi added these students won't miss anything academically due to not having a textbook.