Minnesota Parents Asked to Insure Students’ Electronics

December 11, 2012

Some school districts in Minnesota want parents to pick up the tab for insuring expensive tablet computers that are given to students.

More and more electronics are replacing textbooks, paper and pencils. Farmington schools will buy enough Apple iPads for every student by the end of the school year. Over the next four years, the school district expects to spend about $3 million on iPads.

Schools districts investing millions of dollars in electronics are asking parents to take financial responsibility for the digital devices in the event they are lost, stolen, damaged or broken.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says parents of Farmington students can buy an insurance policy for $28 annually to cover damage. If parents decide not to buy the insurance, they are responsible for replacing the devices if they’re damaged.

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  • December 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    Mark T Reilly says:
    Mary is correct that homeowners policies do cover this but there is a problem with this solution. The coverage ussually has a deductible and many companies are going to $1,000... read more
  • December 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm
    Mary LaPorte says:
    There is a very simple solution here, and it is not for parents to spend a penny insuring these items. Under MOST homeowners insurance policies, there is an Additional Covera... read more
  • December 12, 2012 at 11:08 am
    Sally says:
    Some schools are. Maybe others are not, if Farmington watches their pennies as noted by the previous post, they have probably been able to buget for them. Also, as the articl... read more
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