“The school board here voted Tuesday to keep a pioneering high school program that equips every student and teacher with a wireless laptop computer. But Superintendent Alton Fields said there was ‘a good chance’ the issue would come up again when the board meets in July,” Diana Reinhart reports for The San Antonio Express-News. “A crowd of about 150 people broke into applause when the vote came down, ending speculation that the new school board, elected in May, would kill the project.”
“‘I’m glad it passed because I think the kids need the technology,’ said Rita Baca, Pleasanton High School’s librarian. ‘It’s the future.’ The $2.2 million project with Apple includes 1,207 wireless iBook laptops, training for staff, and additional equipment such as video and still cameras, projectors and color printers. When the laptops were distributed to Pleasanton High School’s teachers and 950 students last school year, the school moved to the forefront of technology in education. No other public school in the San Antonio area has given wireless laptops to all its pupils.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: On June 8th, we wrote: “Something unpleasant going down in Pleasanton? We’ll keep an eye on this one. It’ll be interesting to see if the board is anti-computer or anti-Apple; we’ll know for sure if they sign a contract in the future with, say, Dell.”
It’s nice to see that nothing unpleasant went down in Pleasanton this time. Good for Pleasanton students and teachers. And have a pleasant day! (Sorry in advance for the excruciating wordplay).
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San Antonio school board to vote today on taking away students’ Apple iBooks – June 08, 2004