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Tommie Williams: State considering iPads for students

Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, said this afternoon that legislators and state educators are considering an offer from Apple Computers to introduce iPads into middle school classrooms in Georgia, as a substitute for books.

A customer demonstrates Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet computer. George Frey/Bloomberg

A customer demonstrates Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet computer. George Frey/Bloomberg

Said Williams:

“Last week we met with Apple Computers, and they have a really promising program where they come in and their recommending to middle schools – for $500 per child per year, they will furnish every child with an iPad, wi-fi the system, provide all the books on the system, all the upgrades, all the teacher training – and the results they’re getting from these kids is phenomenal.”

The idea would be to use electronic tablets as a substitute for printed books. Said the Senate president pro tem:

We’re currently spending about $40 million a year on books. And they last about seven years. We have books that don’t even have 9/11. This is the way kids are …

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Your morning jolt: For the first time, Senate leaders explain the Casey Cagle coup

On Wednesday, President pro tem Tommie Williams and Majority Leader Chip Rogers sat down to discuss at length, for the first time, the motivation behind the Republican caucus decision last year to strip Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle of his authority over the state Senate.

The Senate is now formally ruled by an eight-member Committee of Assignments, chaired by Williams, a Republican from Lyons.

Among the points made by Williams and Rogers:

– The Nov. 5 vote by the Senate GOP caucus in Macon was motivated not by anger of last year’s arm-twisting over the hospital bed tax, but a fresh reading of the state Constitution.

Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons. AJC file

Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons. AJC file

– That their 2006 decision to award Cagle authority over the Senate – the lieutenant governor’s powers had been taken away from his Democratic predecessor, Mark Taylor – was a mistake based on their affection for Cagle. Which they still have.

– And that they have not, over the last three months, explained …

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Catching up: Tommie Williams on his new job, and Sue Everhart on Michael Steele

Holidays get in the way, and occasionally the Internet fails to scoop up some of the better news tidbits. So consider this a bit of catching up.

Many in the state Capitol, including House Speaker David Ralston, have wondered out loud who in the Senate will be acting as the voice of the chamber, given Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s demotion.

They suspect that Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, will act as chairman of the newly empowered Committee on Assignments, and be the man in charge of one-on-one negotiations. However, nothing has been set down on paper.

But in the Nov. 13 edition of the Jesup Press-Sentinel, Williams indicated that a) he will run the Committee on Assignments, voting only to break a tie; and b) he will be the one that Gov. Nathan Deal and Ralston should phone when a deal is to be brokered.

From the article by Drew Davis:

[Williams] also said that, in negotiating with the governor and the speaker of the House on behalf of the Senate, he expects to be …

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