Fairfax County Schools hand out lap tops to some

Students receive personal laptops in Fairfax County.

For the first time in Fairfax County, the area's largest school system, is handing out personal lap tops to students.

But it's only a pilot program for the 7,800 students in the Chantilly High School pyramid.  

Students  in12 schools will receive the devices by next week, if they haven't already.  

On Tuesday, Superintendent Karen Garza toured Greenbrier West Elementary, one of Chantilly's feeder schools that is getting the lap tops. 

Garza said they chose the Chantilly pyramid, out of 10 which applied, because "They were ready,"  and they want to go well. 

The pilot program cost $2.1 million which came  mostly from re-allocating funds that would've been used to refurbish old computers, said School Board Member Ryan McElveen. 

Fairfax  County does not yet have to money to issue lap tops system-wide, but school leaders are hoping to expand the program as quickly as possible to all 187,000 students. 

Students at six other Fairfax County High Schools have also received take-home lap tops though a state-grant program.  


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