Education

Jul 15, 2014 8:35 AM by AP

Central students to receive laptop computers

All sixth- through 12th-graders in Central will receive a new laptop computer, in addition to their textbooks, when they show up Aug. 7 for the start of the 2014-15 school year. But first they will have to abide by newly adopted rules.

The Advocate reports one rule requires them to pay an annual "technology coverage fee," ranging from $40 for one student to $70 for a family with multiple students.

The Central School Board adopted the policy Monday for the 2,400 Dell laptops it recently ordered through a state contract.

Superintendent Michael Faulk said the new laptops will make it much easier for students to more easily take new online tests planned for spring 2015 prepared by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

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