Students waiting in line for a turn at the computer could become a quaint memory if an innovative program being developed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) catches on nationwide.

To kick things off, MSDE will be giving 350 refurbished computers to three disadvantaged school districts this spring as part of the new project, dubbed Operation Reboot.

Through Operation Reboot, outdated corporate and federal computers are given new life in schools. It's an idea whose time has come, said Darla Strouse, director of the office of research...

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