Kansas City schools distribute 5,000 Apple MacBooks

“More than 5,000 high school students in the Kansas City, Kansas, School District checked out new laptop computers from schools on Tuesday,” KCTV reports.

“Parents paid a $25 insurance fee to lease the Apple MacBook computers — valued at $1,300 each” KCTV reports. “If parents can’t afford it, students can work off the fee doing community service.”

Full article here.

Peter Cohen reports for Macworld, “This is the first district-wide laptop distribution in the Kansas City metropolitan area, according to a statement from the Superintendent’s office. It’s also the first to focus on providing laptops to poor and minority students who might otherwise not be able to use a computer at home.”

Full article here.

Dawn Bormann reports for The Kansas City Star, “[It’s] the largest distribution of laptops in the metro area… Although distribution of the laptops will continue for several weeks, many excited students and their parents lined up to be the first to receive them Tuesday. ‘It’s a good opportunity for them,’ said Anthony Green, who brought his daughter, Marresha Green. ‘They should have done this a long time ago.'”

Bormann reports, “The school district paid about $6.4 million for the lease.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jeff” for the heads up.]

11 Comments

  1. While I like to see Mac’s in education as much as the next Mac fan, it still costs way to much to give children that may not effectively use a laptop, such a costly tool. Laptops should be limited to Post High School, where the student should be able to afford their own if they get off their you know what and go to work part time to get one.

  2. “Parents paid a $25 insurance fee to lease the Apple MacBook computers — valued at $1,300 each” KCTV reports. “If parents can’t afford it, students can work off the fee doing community service.”

    Seriously, IF parents can not afford $25, they should have their kids taken away.

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