Laptops for every student?

Franklin school officials are asking for more money from a city board that collects tax dollars meant to help spur economic development.

This time, the request is for $500,000 to buy laptops for high school students. During the summer, city tax dollars from the tax-increment financing district helped pay for secure entrances at some school buildings.

Franklin Community Schools is asking the Franklin Redevelopment Commission to buy more than 1,600 Google Chromebook laptops, which would be provided to every student. The school can’t afford the laptops because of property tax caps, which limit the amount of money available for expenses outside of debt and operating costs, such as equipment and utilities.

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