“A former Cobb County commissioner, accusing school officials of planning to misspend taxpayers’ money, has filed a lawsuit to stop a laptop computer program,” The Associated Press reports. “Former Commissioner Butch Thompson filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming that voters were not informed that a 1 percent sales tax would be used to start the program.”

“County voters approved the tax in 2003. As they did, school officials said they would replace students’ “obsolete workstations.” The lawsuit contends that language was not specific enough to inform voters that the system intended to provide computers for all students in grades six through 12,” AP reports. “‘I didn’t vote for laptops for every student in the county, and I don’t think anyone else did,’ Thompson said. ‘In essence, they took funds designated for one purpose and used it for something else.'”

AP reports, “The first phase of the program costs about $25 million, which the school board approved in April. The system began distributing Apple iBook laptops to some of its more than 7,100 teachers last week. It has named four high schools as pilot sites where students will get iBooks next school year. The first phase of the program also calls for upgrading middle school computer labs starting next fall. The Cobb program eventually could distribute 63,000 iBooks to all teachers and all students in grades six through 12, if the school board approves the rest of the program in coming years.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Slow Apple news day? The Cobb County Soap Opera (and you thought it was over, huh?) butts its ugly head into our peaceful moment of silence. Yippie!

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