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Support our journalism. Subscribe today. Maybe the laptop is something your school supplies — or maybe you’ll buy it yourself. Either way, you need a survival plan. Last year, American schools bought about 30 million laptops and tablets, while parents bought 2.2 million directly, according to industry analyst Futuresource. Even with a push toward free laptop programs, many schools are still asking parents who can afford it to buy equipment themselves. And for some families, getting a new laptop is a rite of passage. But the pandemic has changed what we need these machines to do. Now laptops need to get online at home, away from free school broadband and professionally managed WiFi network... Full story

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