Houston Laptop Program to Serve Fewer Schools Than Hoped

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Houston ISD officials now are proposing to give personal laptops to students at 10 schools next year, down from their prior hope of a launch at 18 campuses.

Lenny Schad, the chief technology officer for the Houston Independent School District, said in an email to the school board this week that an external review found the district’s technological capacity was not sufficient for a bigger rollout of a program providing free computers for students to use at school and at home.

Consultants noted that the district’s bandwidth  couldn’t handle as much extra technology as first proposed, and current staff wouldn’t be able to support the increased network demand, Schad said.

In late April, Schad had told the board  that he hoped to start the program at up to 18 high schools, but he said that number depended on further review of the district’s readiness. Schad said he and his staff agree with the consultants’ recommendation to scale back to 10 schools.

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