- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Lincoln school board has approved a $50 million, 10-year plan that will provide third- through 12th-graders with a laptop over the next three years.

The board voted 6-0 Tuesday, with one member absent. The plan also provides tablets to kindergarten through second-grade classrooms.

The number of computer labs in the district will be reduced by nearly half, saving about $1 million a year. The remaining labs will be used for more specialized classes, such as computer programming, video production and computer-assisted drawing.

Sixth-graders will receive the laptops next year. Upper elementary students, seventh-graders and students at two high schools will receive the devices in 2016-17. Eighth-graders and the remaining four high schools will get them in 2017-18.

The Omaha World-Herald says the district has more than 37,800 students.

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