There are also a huge honey pot with a lot of piggies firmly planted in those pies. Recent history has taught us that a couple of well lucrative contracts = a couple of helpful politicians.
If textbooks were online, I would think OLPC or netbooks (even if they only lasted a couple of years) could probably be used for the same, or less cost. They would also add a lot of utility. Hopefully it is not just a would-be-cool thought.
Training would be a bitch though.