Sweetwater 7th Graders Get iPads

Initiative will cost $4 million per year

By Lauren Steussy
|  Monday, Feb 27, 2012  |  Updated 9:22 PM PDT
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Student iPads Spark Controversy

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Student iPads Spark Controversy

Proposition O is the $644-million bond measure to repair schools and improve technology in the South Bay. Do the iPads in the Sweetwater Union High School District fit the bill? NBC 7's Rory Devine reports
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The Sweetwater Union High School District approved an initiative Wednesday that will provide its seventh graders with iPads.

The initiative will cost the district about $4 million per year. The district plans to fund the iPads in part through funding from Proposition O, which provides support for technology purchases, according to a press release from the district.

The remaining funding will be provided through Mello Roos funding, grant funding and lottery funds, the release stated.

“Technology allows learning to occur seven days a week, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year,” said Superintendent Dr. Edward Brand in a statement. “This gives students an opportunity that others have not enjoyed. This will be a game-changer for student learning.”

The iPads will be given to seventh graders beginning in July 2012. The devices will include access to electronic versions of text books and learning tools. 

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