K-12 education is the No. 1 giving priority for the top 100 technology companies, according to a new report that tracks the community activities of Silicon Valley corporations. And other technology companies around the country are expected to follow suit, allocating more time, resources, and money to equip the nation's schools.

Silicon Valley, named for the prevalence of companies near California's Stanford University whose products rely on silicon-based chips, includes corporations with K-12 grant programs, such as Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, and Apple Computer. About 600 new companies crop up in the region each year, according


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