Educators all over America worry about how their ninth and tenth graders will be able to afford those graphing calculators that increasingly are required in math class but that cost nearly $100 apiece. But in Virginia, those worries are at an end—thanks to an unprecedented $20 million program.

The Old Dominion this month launched a program to underwrite the purchase of graphing calculators for every student who needs one. It's an experiment that could transform math curriculum standards. Its premise: Technological equity should be a cornerstone of education reform. The idea is likely to resonate


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