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US Alabama school district forced to reorder laptops after US blocks China shipment: report

09:17  05 august  2020
09:17  05 august  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

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Etowah County Schools Superintendent Alan Cosby said Tuesday that his district ordered the Chromebook computers in June through a reseller He spoke with Aderholt but later opted to cancel the district 's order and purchase laptops from another vendor that could deliver them by September.

Etowah County Schools Superintendent Alan Cosby said Tuesday that his district ordered the Chromebook computers in June through a reseller called Trinity3 Technology, which helps supply schools with remote learning technology. The laptops were scheduled for delivery to his system this

An Alabama school district has been forced to re-order thousands of laptops for students -- just weeks before the scheduled restart of school -- because the original computers were partly made by a Chinese company that is suspected of using forced labor, according to a report.

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The company in question, Hefei Bitland Information Technology Company, is one of 11 Chinese companies that the U.S. Commerce Department put on an entity list last month, essentially blacklisting them from the United States.

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Etowah County Schools had ordered the Chromebook computers in June through a reseller called Trinity3 Technology, which helps supply schools with remote learning technology, the school ’s superintendent Alan Cosby said according to ABC. After the district was informed that the laptops

The Etowah County School District serves more than 8,000 students and roughly 25% have so far opted for remote learning ahead of classes resuming According to Ryan Hollingsworth, director of the School Superintendents of Alabama , nearly 20 other school districts were still waiting for more than

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said at the time that the companies were implicated in the Chinese Communist Party’s “campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor, involuntary collection of biometric data, and genetic analyses targeted at Muslim minority groups from the Xinjiang” region of China.

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Etowah County Schools Superintendent Alan Cosby told the Associated Press that the reseller his school district ordered the computers through, Trinity3 Technology, told the school district this week that the devices were being held in customs by the Commerce Department.

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Greenville County's public school district has been trying to recover the Chromebooks, valued at almost .2 million, since June. Parents and guardians of children who failed to give their laptops back at the end of the school year have been contacted five or six times by phone, email and with

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However, the Commerce Department said it did not actually seize the computers, which were Chromebooks.

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“The Department of Commerce recently added Hefei Bitland Information Technology Company to the Entity List because of human rights abuses including forced labor in the Xinjiang region of China," the Commerce Department told the AP in a statement. "The Entity List establishes a license requirement for the export of items subject to the Export Administration Regulations and does not apply to the importation of Chromebooks from China. While there are nuances in the policy that this issue actually falls under [Customs and Border Protection's] jurisdiction, we should all agree that American school children should not be using computers from China that were produced from forced labor.”

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The Commerce Department did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News on Tuesday.

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Etowah County School District’s 8,500 students are set to return to school on Aug 17, with many students opting to attend virtually.

Cosby told the AP that he wouldn't be able to get the computers until October, so he canceled the order a placed a new one with a different vendor that can get him laptops by September.


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