Originally Posted by Steve Jordan
Be aware: If the schools are asked to pay for it, and it doesn't come out of general public taxes, then students' parents will have the cost added to their mandatory fees. So the students will pay for them anyway, if the public doesn't pick up the tab.
But I think ultimately, since a computer like OLPC is already available for about $200 a unit (and because of its convertible tablet design it is well suited to being used as a e-book reader). Assuming a similar type computer was rugged enough to survive 4 years of high school, I think it would cost less in the long run than all the various books students use right now. Heck, the cost of printed paperback Public Domain books might, over 4 years offset the cost of the unit.