The County Council approved a request Tuesday from Montgomery County Public Schools for $2 million in E-rate Program funds, from the Federal Communications Commission, to pay for technology in classrooms.
Council members voted unanimously to spend the funds, despite concerns they and others shared about the purchase.
The school system will spend $14.5 million over five years for 2,000 Promethean boards for all elementary classrooms and $5.6 million for wireless networking in all schools. Promethean boards are high-tech whiteboards that are connected to computers and give students new ways to interact with their lessons.
Most of the money will be delegated through the E-rate Program funds, and the rest would come from the school systemís technology budget.