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School Budget Supports Plan To Give Every Student A Computer

Funds have been approved to begin providing a computer to every student in the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts.

   The Springfield School Committee approved a new budget for next year that includes money to begin a program to put a computer in the hands of every child, according to school department spokesperson Azell Cavaan.

"We are talking close to 60 schools, 26,000 students, one-to-one computers," she said. " It is a huge endeavor."

The total budget to operate the Springfield schools is $394 million. 

School administrators eliminated a projected deficit of almost $8 million without resorting to teacher layoffs.

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