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Getting the "$100" laptop in our schools

I just got off the phone with Dr. Marta Perez, Miami-Dade County School Board member for District 8. She told me she has been in talks with the organization One Laptop per Child and has been told that getting computers to Miami-Dade County schools is a very real possibility.

"We don't have to go outside of the United States to find populations of children that don't have that access and will benefit from it," Perez said.

The key, she said, is that it seems there needs to be a need for more than a million students. So that means other counties and districts may have to team up to come up with those numbers.

"It is our understanding that there are two other school districts that are also looking into it," Perez said, adding "They are able to create such a low price if they have large volumes."

"If there is a will, I don't think it has to take that long," she said. "It's almost like a good luck omen ... the company that has been given the contract was in Miami."

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Wayan @ OLPC News

From the very beginning, OLPC was adamant that they were not going to sell to USA schools - its all about the developing world. But they did leave open the opportunity if a school district could make a now 150,000 laptop order. We've been tracking the OLPC USA angle on OLPC News for over a year now: http://www.olpcnews.com/countries/usa/

Bridget Carey

Thanks for the links, Wayan. It's a great site with interesting posts, I'll be sure to keep popping by to read about new developments. I think it would be wonderful if USA schools could take advantage of this program.

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