It has come to our attention that Fort Bend Independent School District HAS APPROVED to make a purchase worth an estimated cost of $18.2 million – $16.5 million of that amount from existing bond money and state grants to purchase iPads for the use of 2nd to 8th graders at all elementary and middle school campuses. Fort Bend Independent School District claims that “the objective of the program is to increase student academic achievement in SCIENCE for grades 2nd to 8th at all elementary and middle school campuses (59 schools).” We therefore request Fort Bend Independent School District to reverse their budget to spend $18.2 million on iPads for 2nd to 8th grade students. While we recognize that Fort Bend Independent School District has been successful in a few aspects of technology such as Skyward and Gaggle, we feel that the District would be better off spending the $18.2 million on upgrading and improving the technology that the District currently owns. This petition is tentatively scheduled to be mailed to the Fort Bend Independent School District Administration building on March 11, 2012. If you support our efforts to end the unnecessary spending on technology that has not been proven to work efficiently, please add your signature below.Also, please check out our Facebook group titled "Students Against FBISD Spending $18.2 Million on iPads" as well as our website at http://studentsagainstipadspending.doodlekit.com.