Feeling the pinch of crowded schools, some Idaho students say they are willing to give up computers in exchange for a little breathing room. Of 227 students who responded to an education survey by the Idaho Statesman newspaper about how to improve area schools, almost half had concerns about crowded or run-down facilities.

But state schools Superintendent Marilyn Howard said cutting back on computer purchases will not answer students’ underlying concerns.

“The issue of crowdedness might have to do with too many students, or from a student’s point of view, not enough individual attention,” she said. “Instead of talking about facilities, they’re talking about wishing they had closer contact with adults in schools.”