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POLL: Should Ladue Schools Buy Laptops For High School Students?

The Ladue Board of Education will vote on the Technology Plan Update at the next school board meeting.

A Technology Plan Update will be approved and implemented by the Ladue Board of Education at the next school board meeting on June 25, 2012.

Currently, the discussion concerning the 21st Century Learning Initiative, which will provide laptop computers to every high school student at Ladue, is whether or not and how the Technology Plan incorporates the initiative.

The idea has already generated fervent debate from Patch readers.

The 21st Century Learning Initiative could be implemented in the 2013-14 school year. If that does not happen, the next best opportunity is in the 2016-17 school year. This is due to the district’s computer lease agreements.

Ladue School District Communications Director Susan Dielmann said the board will weigh several factors before making a decision.

"Their primary concerns are, of course, educational and financial. Before this initiative will be approved, the Board must be fully satisfied it provides sound educational advantages and that it can be funded without spending additional money or diminishing needed funding for other programs and initiatives," Dielmann said in a statement.

At the June 25 meeting, board members will only give guidance as to including the 21st Century Initiative as part of the district's Technology Plan update. A decision on how the the laptops could be funded won't be made until later this year.

At that point, "It will be the district's responsibility to ensure that, at the very least, the community understands the process that was used and the reasoning behind the decision that is made,” Dielmann said. 

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