“The Maine Department of Education is making plans to continue the laptop computer program in middle schools beyond the original four-year contract,” The Associated Press reports. “Education Commissioner Susan Gendron told the Sun Journal newspaper that it would cost the state about eight million dollars to continue the Apple contract as is. She says it would cost ten million dollars a year to sign a similar agreement for a year but replace all 34-thousand laptops with new machines.”
According to the report, next month, the Maine Department of Education will open the program out to bid for a four-year plan. If there’s no winning bid, then the state will simply extend the current lease agreement with Apple Computer, Inc.
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