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.