HOUSTON—Nearly every high school student in the Houston Independent School District is getting a laptop.
The new program kicked off Tuesday at Madison High School.
It is all part of the district’s Powerup Initiative. The goal is to level the playing field for those whose families can’t afford a computer at home.
The computers are loaded with district-approved software, and filters that blocks students from inappropriate content and some social media sites.
The computers will cost the district $17 million over the next four years, supplemented by a small fee paid by the families.
Students say the fee is worth it.
“Technology helps a lot better than writing everything and turning it in. My handwriting is not the best, I know typing helps me,” said Clarence Jerome.