The Stillwater school district and Apple Computer have agreed to provide laptops to students at Oak-Land Junior High in Lake Elmo and all of the district’s junior high teachers by next fall. The plan was originally supposed to include Stillwater Junior High students as well, but district officials scaled back over concerns about the cost of the five-year program.
“Stillwater Junior High students will still use laptops in school, but they will not be allowed to take them home, as Oak-Land students will. Stillwater Junior High will thus serve as a control group, said Superintendent Kathleen Macy, enabling the district to study how round-the-clock access to computers affects student achievement. ‘All of our students will benefit by what we learn at Oak-Land and Stillwater Junior High School,’ she said. School board member George Thole was one of two who voted against the proposal at a Sept. 22 meeting, and he still doesn’t like the plan. ‘If it’s that good, both schools should have it,’ he said.” Megan Boldt reports for The Pioneer Press.
In a nice touch, the agreement also includes a discount on Apple products for any family living in the school district.
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