Phoenix-area district struggles to set tech rules

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mesa’s new Eisenhower Center for Innovation opened this school year with the promise that every student would get an iPad to use both in school and to take home at night for homework and projects.

School officials told parents of the elementary school’s 513 students they would get training in how to use the tablet computers. And they informed parents how to connect inexpensively to the Internet at home.

But as the first semester comes to a close, the school still locks up its $600,000 iPad inventory in classroom cabinets at night. The problem: Mesa Public Schools still does not have a policy that allows Eisenhower students to take the devices home.

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