Local authorities in the US state of Michigan hope to buy an iPod for every schoolchild there.

The plan has been proposed by Democrats in the state legislature – but it's being opposed by critics, on the grounds that Michigan faces a $1 billion dollar budgetary shortfall, noted Cnet News.com.

This move also emerges as educational institutions on an international basis begin to explore innovative methodologies for harnessing devices which are already adopted by students in order to deliver more personalized and engaging learning environments.

However, critics are asking how some local taxpayers will feel if called to buy iPods for other people's children.

A spokesman for the Michigan Association of School Boards also explained that many local school boards are more concerned at being able to meet more immediate needs, saying: "My members are telling me they have much more pressing things they're worried about, like whether they're going to be able to make payroll in May."