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[Susan notes: Krashen is on target. This boondoggle just leaves me breathless.]

Submitted to Bloomberg News but not published

To the editor

N.Y. Voters Approve $2 Billion Borrowing for School Technology, means voters have bought into the largest boondoggle in history. The computer companies make huge profits and take no risk.

There is no evidence that "laptops, high-speed broadband and interactive white boards" will help students., and it is certain that most of the technology will be obsolete by the time it is installed.

Taxpayers will pay for the brave new technology, and if it doesn't result in improvement, teachers will be blamed. There will then be calls for more and newer, "improved" technology. In the meantime, there is no funding for the essentials.

A clear case of "take from the needy, give to the greedy."

Stephen Krashen

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