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It used to be that paper covers were all you needed to protect that old-school learning device: the textbook.

But old paper bags are not going to protect pricy new high-tech learning tools, the Pioneer Press reports.

Now school districts are asking parents to help pay to insure new classroom devices, like iPads, the newspaper says. As schools scramble to get new technology in the classroom, insurance for expensive next-generation educational tools has become a growing business, the Pioneer Press says.

Among the districts that require parents to take financial responsibility for lost or damaged digital devices: West St. Paul and Lakeville.

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