This fall, students at Brookfield High School, Immaculate High School in Danbury, and St. Gregory the Great Elementary School in Danbury will trade their textbooks for iPad tablet computers.

Teachers and administrators at the schools applaud the upgrade.

The devices improve technological skills, make learning exciting and eliminate the need for tired -- or worse, outdated -- textbooks, they say.

But what about Greater Danbury kids who don't have access to iPads? Are they falling behind in the technology arms race?

In a state with the country's largest achievement gap, are iPads the latest example of academic and economic disparity?

To find out the answers to these questions and more, be sure to read our coverage Sunday, Aug. 12, exclusively in the print edition of The News-Times.