Hawaii’s laptop program may not reach full-scale implementation

laptop-HawaiiThe future of a pilot program eyed as a model to eventually put laptops in the hands of all Hawaii public school students and teachers is uncertain now that lawmakers have zeroed out funds to continue supporting the initiative.

Eight schools were selected last summer to pilot what’s known as a one-to-one digital device initiative, which provided MacBook Air laptops to some 6,700 students and teachers for the current school year.

The program dubbed Access Learning was scaled down to a pilot after legislators last year funded less than a third of the costs the state Department of Education had requested to implement a program statewide.

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