- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama school board is moving forward with plans to issue iPads to 1,500 middle school students, though parents would first have to pay a fee.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (https://bit.ly/1EwVwDI ) the Phenix City Board of Education approved Thursday a $25 insurance fee that parents would have to pay before students are given a tablet computer to take home. Families would also have to agree to pay $395 for lost or broken tablets.

Superintendent Randy Wilkes wants to issue iPad tablets to students and teachers in grades 6 through 8. Wilkes says the computers would be loaded with electronic textbooks, eliminating the need for heavy backpacks. He estimates it would cost $561,000.

Parents can opt for regular textbooks if they don’t want to pay the tablet fee.

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Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, https://ledger-enquirer.com


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