This site aims to inform and mobilize Beverly parents to take an active role in all issues related to the funding and operation of the city's schools. It was launched in the spring of 2008, when the city saw its first-ever override attempt fail, followed by the closure of a nearly-new elementary school. Subsequent years have seen further cuts that have led to larger class sizes across the district. While the opening of an impressive new high school and plans to replace the city's aging middle school give us reason to be optimistic, the school community must be ever vigilant in demanding appropriate school funding by city and state governments, and better community communications from the district and School Committee.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Laptop Program Makes News

The district's proposed one-to-one laptop program, which led the Salem News this morning, and has lit up the paper's message board all day with debates about cost and platform (MACs vs PCs) has now spread to Fox25.  The station covered the controversy on tonight's newscast [video embedded above]. Channel 5 also covered the plan tonight.

The program, which would equip every high school student with their own Macbook at a cost to the student's family of about $225/year, was approved by the School Committee last year. Earlier this year parents throughout the district were encouraged to watch an online presentation on the program, and complete a survey.

Superindendent Hayes tells the Salem News "Our graduates will face a world that will depend upon the use of technology to communicate, innovate and solve problems. We believe that world will be wireless and use handheld technology."

Beverly will be the first school district in eastern Massachusetts to launch the laptop program.

6/11 UPDATE: Today's Boston Globe also jumps on the story, as does Channel 4, and the Salem News editorializes about it.

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