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School Budget Supports Plan To Give Every Student A Computer

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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.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.