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IPod Touches For the School Through Stimulus Funds? ARRA (GRISD)

28 October 2009 at 5:05:38 PM

At the GRISD school board meeting this month, there was an action to approve funds from the budget to be reimbursed by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Fund grant. The programs being submitted for approval are IPod Touch technology, used on all campuses, for functions such as podcasting to checking out e-books. Cost 50,400. 2nd-Reading program that analyzes students reading patterns for elementary campus. Cost 36,000. 3rd-Promethean Active Expression (which appears to be handsets for voting) ? price. 4. Kurzweil software that reads the text in books out loud. ? price? 5th computers for Life Skills that would be put on the Junior High campus. Marilyn Phillips asks if these things are automatically approved. Rotan replies that any purchase over 25,000 has to go through the school board.  Rotan goes on to say that the items are not listed specifically in the grant application, they\'re listed as supplies and materials or software or something like that.  Rotan-you spend the money and then you draw down the grant money. Phillips asked if there was a chance they could come back and say no. Rotan-No.

Again, the application doesn\'t say Ipod Touches. So that means that my tax money that I thought was helping bail out the economy is going for that stuff above, except that the school district isn\'t going to specifically tell ARA that\'s what they\'re going to use it for. That\'s okay with ARA? Are ALL the school districts in the country doing this? Is this pretty common?

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