At start of school year, 5 things to know about Dr. Williams, including his position on devices

Last month,  the Baltimore Sun published an editorial, “Five things Baltimore County should know about new Superintendent Darryl Williams. #4 on the list was his position on devices in BCPS schools:

4. Laptops for every student? Maybe, maybe not. This might have been the biggest surprise of the conversation. Providing personal computers to every student in the system (a controversial policy already abandoned in the early grade school years) has been one of the most heated recent debates in the county schools. Many parents, and certain school board members, are quite antagonistic toward the practice, but if anyone thought the board was hiring an anti-laptop superintendent, think again. Chalk him up as undecided. Mr. Williams says he sees the value in providing laptops to students who don’t otherwise have access to one. But in the end, it’s just a tool. Is it better to spend money on such devices or on teacher training and support? That’s a question he says he’ll be pondering.

Read the entire editorial here.