All certified teachers in Jackson Public Schools will have new Chromebook laptops that run on Google operating systems next year. Associate superintendent of curriculum instruction and human resources Matt Lacy says the decision to buy the 400 machines grew out of the strategic planning process that has been underway in the district for several months. Each device costs less than $200. Since the district switched to using Google email, documents and apps last year, it made sense to acquire devices that also are Google-driven. This is part of a move toward having an official 1:1 initiative for students, it’s still not clear when similar devices will be distributed or for what grade levels.