Some schools phasing out student laptop programs

05/4/2007 | NYTimes.com

As students show limited academic improvement and schools struggle to fix laptop technology and prevent student abuse, increasing numbers of districts nationally are ending experiments in providing students with leased laptops. "After seven years, there was literally no evidence it had any impact on student achievement -- none," said Mark Lawson, the school board president in Liverpool, N.Y., one of the first districts to experiment with laptops. "Teachers were telling us ... it's a distraction to the educational process."

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