updated 02:50 pm EDT, Thu June 29, 2006
Maine, iBook program
The state of Maine has extended its educational laptop program with Apple for another four years. Maine has signed a contract with Apple worth $41 million to provide more than 30,000 seventh- and eighth-graders with new laptops while also accommodating teachers. Maine was the first state to equip students statewide with laptop computers, and Maine officials say the initiative remains the largest of its type in the nation, according to the Associated Press. Apple is set to provide 4,000 teachers and 32,000 students with iBooks, as well as upgraded wireless networks. The contract includes warranties for the equipment, and professional development for each of Maine's 241 public middle schools, according to the report.