updated 10:25 am EDT, Mon July 11, 2005
Cobb iBook program
A judge today will be asked to halt Cobb County's new , because opponents think it is a waste of taxpayer money, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The truth is, I'm embarrassed I have to do something like this," said Butch Thompson, the former county commissioner who brought the lawsuit. He accuses school officials of planning to misspend taxpayers' money by using proceeds from a 1 percent sales tax to start the laptop program. "The 'little man' [needs] to know that government people are supposed to do what they say they'll do," he said. Cobb voters approved the tax in 2003. As they did, school officials said they would replace students' "obsolete workstations." They didn't say with what. The suit contends voters could not have known the system would provide computers for all students in grades six through twelve, putting Cobb on track to lead one of the nation's largest such efforts.