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Schools struggle with funding technology for kids

June 22, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — School districts across the Twin Cities are trying to put iPads, laptops or other tools in the hands of students.

But many say funding the devices is an issue.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports ( ) that educators have asked state lawmakers for funding. But those requests haven't been addressed. So many districts are turning to levies or other approaches.

Lakeville is moving toward a technology levy. But for now, administrators are encouraging students to bring their own devices to school. In Farmington, the district used anticipated cost savings on textbooks and other expenses to lease iPads from Apple.

Some educators hope lawmakers will address technology funding next year. So far, the DFL-led Legislature has focused on items like early education, and Republicans have said funding on devices should be decided locally.


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press,



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