- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Parents for Public Schools reached its $10,000 fundraising goal to help Jackson Public Schools students who did not receive their school-issued laptops as part of the new Freshman Academy program for 9th graders.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/1DAjcqb ) about 10 percent of the 2,400 Jackson Public School 9th graders could not pay the $40 annual maintenance fee for the school-issued MacBook Air.

The nonprofit group Parents for Public Schools rallied community members last week to help the 249 students who did not receive their laptops.

Jackson Public Schools spokesman Sherwin Johnson said after receiving the funds from Parents for Public Schools, the district will get the laptops issued to the students as soon as possible.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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