PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The only state to provide laptop computers to public school students statewide is negotiating a new contract that can be used by others interested in following suit.
Maine has zeroed in on five different laptops and tablets as it prepares to replace more than 35,000 Apple laptop computers in middle schools and about the same number in high schools this fall. All told, the annual cost is currently $18 million to $19 million.
Maine Learning Technology Policy Director Jeff Mao says the negotiated rates are available to other states, including Vermont and Hawaii, which were part of the discussions.
Maine began issuing laptops to seventh- and eighth-graders in public schools starting 11 years ago. This will be the third time they've been replaced and upgraded since then.
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