A creative but controversial plan by the Lansing (Mich.) School District to raise nearly $4 million for its technology programs is on the verge of collapsing. The district had hoped to lease school property to telecommunications companies for the construction of wireless PCS (personal communications services) towers, but residents' fears have all but derailed the idea.

To control the spread of telecommunications towers throughout the city and also benefit the city's schools, the city had proposed leasing a collection of 15 public sites to federal PCS license holders. Nine of those 15 sites were...

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