updated 08:45 am EDT, Fri June 11, 2010
Notebooks also available through leasing program
A new program in Beverly, Massachusetts aims to outfit every high-school student with a new MacBook. Although such technology programs are not uncommon, Beverly High School is asking parents to foot the bill upfront or through a leasing program with an option to buy the device after three years. Monthly cost is said to range from $20 to $25, with financial assistance available for eligible families.
Parents have voiced frustration over the terms of the program, which excludes Windows systems even if the students already own one. Superintendent James Hayes suggests the school will only have "one platform, and that's going to be the Mac," according to a Salem News report.
"You're kidding me," said parent Jenn Parisella, who bought her daughter a Dell. "She has a laptop. Why would I buy her another laptop?"
The school, which enrolls approximately 1,200 students, suggests the price of providing free notebooks would exceed $1 million. Other schools have taken advantage of state funding and sponsorship, however the Massachusetts government has reportedly reduced its allocations for the technology programs.