Some NTHS Parents Believe iPads are Too Costly

Some New Trier parents are speaking out against the school's plan to require all students to have an iPad.

New Trier High School's Mobile Learning Initiative will have all students use their own iPad for school by the 2014-15 school year. While some believe this plan will eventually save money for the district in the long run, other parents think that the program is unfair for non-wealthy families, an article by Business Insider states

“We’re in a wealthy district, but you can’t assume that everyone’s wealthy,” Mary Rita Kropp, a New Trier parent, was quoted in the article. The program pays an average of $620 for the iPad, keyboard, case and applications. Families receive a $270 subsidy, who can then pay $350 for a 16GB version or $450 for a 32GB iPad. Alternatively, families can pay $180 a year for three years in a lease-to-own option or just buy a 2n generation or later option on their own. Families will be able to seek financial assistance from the school if needed. 

Do you believe the iPads are too much of a financial burden for families? Let us know in the comments!

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Vern Holzhall May 29, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Not only are these unnecessary, as most text books are not available in digital format, but the concept of the school "subsidizing" the cost is erroneous. The money for the subsidy comes from the taxpayers, and as such, we end up subsidizing ourselves.
Greenwood May 29, 2013 at 11:57 PM
No one has articulated what advantages the iPad program offers over current technology, other than the pilot program was "exciting." What apps do they use? Are those available on other devices? Will they replace textbooks, and when? Will they replace the required calculators? Will they replace the calculators that students use for standardized tests, because the New Trier-required calculators have too many functions? If iPads can eliminate some of the three or four charging units per student in my household or the $500-$1000 we shell out for books, maybe I'll bite.


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