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posted: 7/7/2014 5:01 AM

Parents should pay for digital devices

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I read with some interest the Daily Herald article of May 22 concerning U-46 equipping 40,000 students with some sort of digital devices (laptop, tablet, etc.) at a cost, which according to the article, could be huge.

As far as the technology is concerned that is probably a good idea. However, I would like to add one comment to that proposal should it become a reality.

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When U-46 decides to do that and they send the 40,000 students home with those devices, also send along a bill for the parents of those students to pay for the devices and not add that cost on the homeowners' tax bills, Also, any lost, damaged or stolen devices replacement is the students' parents' obligation.

We put four students through the U-46 school system and paid our way many times over since we haven't had a student in U-46 for over 20 years. In looking at our last tax bill, more than 65 percent of the bill is for U-46 and eight various pension funds. Granted a good school system is good for property values, however, when you have to move because you can't afford to live there any more, it's a shame.

Donald Berger

Elgin

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