Sen. Albers Meets with Apple, Google Executives

Sen. John Albers (R – Roswell) led delegation members to Silicon Valley to meet with Apple and Google executives on Monday to discuss digital education opportunities in Georgia following the passage of Senate Bill 89 earlier this year.

“I am passionate about improving the technology available for classroom instruction and improving the educational opportunities offered to our students so we can become a national leader in education,” said Sen. Albers. “Digital classrooms and textbooks are the great equalizer for all students and an important step to achieving this goal.”

SB 89, the Digital Classroom Act, was passed during the 2015 Legislative Session and signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal on May 6, 2015. This bill encourages all instructional material purchased by a local board of education to be in a digital or electronic format by July 1, 2020. Each local board of education is also encouraged to provide students with their own laptop, tablet, or other wireless device or allow them to bring their own to the classroom. Sen. Albers was accompanied on the visit by fellow Senators Marty Harbin (R-Tyrone), Fran Millar (R-Atlanta), Judson Hill (R- Marietta) and Bruce Thompson (R- White).