Baldwin County school leaders defend “Digital Renaissance” spend

After asking for two months, FOX10 News has finally gotten a closer look into the cost of the Baldwin County Board of Education’s “Digital Renaissance,” now known as the 1:1 Digital Initiative, which has put laptops into the hands of every student, and iPads into the hands of every kindergartner.

Many Baldwin County residents have criticized the school board for the Digital Initiative, saying it has mismanaged funds, but Wednesday, April 22, school officials said the initiative has been more cost effective than traditional learning, as the cost of textbooks before the initiative was launched was some $2.3 million.

With the initiative in place, the average cost per student per year is $244. Some $7.3 million a year is spent on the program. That’s out of the $329 million yearly budget the school board has.

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