With federal funding, Calif. district giving laptops to all students

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Computer-driven, textbook-free learning is coming to Golden Valley and Livingston high schools this fall.

The Merced Union High School District will be spending about $8.7 million from different funding sources to see that by August, all students have their own computer for instruction – a Google Chromebook.

Leonard Kahn, assistant superintendent of business services, said the district received about $5.5 million in funding in January through the Federal Communications Commission. Called E-rate funds, the money pays for the hard-wiring and network access points necessary for widespread computer use at campuses.

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