According to The Detroit Free Press, the public school system is scheduled to give 40,000 students in grades 6-12 laptops. Well isn’t that priceless!?!… no, actually it does come with a pricetag: $49 million courtesy of you and I. That’s right… the $49 million comes from us via the ARRA Stimulus! On top of the 40,000 laptops there will be 5,000 desktops available for these kids to use as well as “4,300 printer/scanners and more than 500 HP desktop computers for the 138 early childhood classrooms in the district.”
Thankfully, these computers are expected to have security measures such as an anti-theft measures installed.
I hope those anti-theft measures work because they have already had some theivery in the school ranks… A teacher from one of the elementary schools, Durfee Elementary School, attempted to pawn her school issued netbook on December 29th. She had only been assigned the computer 12 days earlier! From The Detroit Free Press:
“The DPS Office of the Inspector General investigation said Karen Drysdale-Oriucci, a DPS teacher since 1994, went to American Jewelry and Loan on Greenfield Road on Wednesday to pawn the netbook computer she received from the district on Dec. 17.Store staff refused to pay the teacher for the netbook –- which is engraved with the DPS “I’m In” logo on its cover -– instead confiscating it and contacting DPS officials.Drysdale-Oriucci was suspended Thursday with pay, pending a disciplinary hearing.”
I feel great giving up tax dollars for this, how about you?