Judge Blocks Cobb County iBook Plan

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Date: Monday, August 1st, 2005, 09:36
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According to the Associated Press Judge S. Lark Ingram has blocked a laptop computer program in Cobb County because “school officials did not tell voters they what they wanted to do with a special sales tax approved by voters.”
The original plan included US$76 million for technology and school officials estimated they would spend US$32 million on 30,000 computers for students and tens of millions more to “refresh” equipment, such as printers and servers. Part of the tax money was to be used to buy every teacher in the school system a computer.
After voters approved the tax, the school system came up with a new plan that could have eventually distributed 63,000 Apple iBook laptops to all teachers and all students in grades six through 12.


According to the Associated Press Judge S. Lark Ingram has blocked a laptop computer program in Cobb County because “school officials did not tell voters they what they wanted to do with a special sales tax approved by voters.”
The original plan included US$76 million for technology and school officials estimated they would spend US$32 million on 30,000 computers for students and tens of millions more to “refresh” equipment, such as printers and servers. Part of the tax money was to be used to buy every teacher in the school system a computer.
After voters approved the tax, the school system came up with a new plan that could have eventually distributed 63,000 Apple iBook laptops to all teachers and all students in grades six through 12.

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