Gov. M. Jodi Rell of Connecticut proposed a $15.5 million initiative to provide a laptop computer for every 9th and 10th grade English classroom in the state as a part of her two-year budget proposal unveiled this month.
Under the program, nearly 19,000 laptops would be purchased for more than 600 classrooms across Connecticut. The computers would remain in the classrooms for instructional purposes and would not be issued to students.
“If we want our students to be on the leading edge of learning, we’ve got to provide cutting-edge technology and teaching innovation,” Ms. Rell said in a statement announcing the plan.
The proposal needs the approval of the legislature, which is in session until May, for the funds to be allocated.
A version of this article appeared in the February 23, 2005 edition of Education Week