Utah lawmakers announce plan to update school tech

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The leader of the Utah House is announcing a plan to bring a technology overhaul to Utah classrooms.

Provo Republican Speaker Becky Lockhart spoke about the proposal Thursday in a meeting with House Republicans.

She says a bill from Maple Republican Rep. Frances Gibson aims to equip each student with a digital tablet and train teachers on how best to use the devices in their lessons.

Proponents say such an initiative would give Utah students a better shot at today’s jobs. But critics question if parents would lose control over what their children see and do online.

Lockhart says the proposal will be released later in the day.

But its fate is uncertain. Senate leaders have said an estimated price tag of $300 million would drain the state’s budget.

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