Huntsville ditching books, handing out laptops
Posted on August 08, 2012
- Old-fashioned textbooks are becoming a thing of the past for public school students in nearby Huntsville, Alabama.
The city school system is passing out laptop computers to students in grades four through 12 as it converts from paper texts to digital curriculum.
WAFF-TV reports that the switch is making Huntsville the largest school district in the United States to convert to digital texts all at once.
Superintendent Casey Wardynski says the system has been spending about $100 per textbook, and students get about five books each.
The computers will cost the district around $3.2 million the first year.
Dozens of parents and student lined up for early registration Tuesday. They signed a contract and paid a $35 fee for a laptop, but students on free or reduced lunch were exempt.