There's a hot debate in Texas over whether to replace all school textbooks with laptop computers by the end of the millennium.

The idea is the brainchild of Dr. Jack Christie, the chairman of the Texas Board of Education. Dr. Christie says he first considered it about three or four years ago, but the cost of laptops then made it impossible.

Now the board is facing $1.8 billion in projected costs for textbooks over the next six years, and Dr. Christie argues that given the drop in computer price tags,


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