From Texas to New Jersey, schools are auctioning off old computer equipment to make room for better and faster systems. Participating educators say it's a great way to put basic, cheap computers in the hands of kids and community members--and generate a bit of money for new equipment.

In June, the 55,000-student Arlington (Texas) Independent School District raised $24,000 selling off older computers to families who couldn't afford new models, said auction coordinators.

In the past, Arlington has sent its surplus equipment to another community, Rockwall, to be auctioned off by a private company....

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