updated 10:25 am EST, Mon February 27, 2006
iBook program in Iowa?
A new school district in Iowa is considering the purchase of iBooks from Apple as part of a new three-year laptop program. Decorahnews.com reports that every 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade student attending school at North Winneshiek may receive a free laptop as part of the proposal: "Technology coordinator Dick Dovenberg has presented the idea to the North Winneshiek School Board, which is promising a vote on the idea next month. The computers would be MacIntosh laptops that would be wireless Internet ready. Students could take home the laptops during the school year, but would return the laptops at the end of each school year." According to the report, Apple would charge the district $21,000 a year for three years and then offer an option to purchase the laptops for $1 each. The school district would reportedly use funds from its local option school sales tax fund to pay for the lease.