They might not get many snow days in Louisiana, but most students at a Baton Rouge-area alternative school had an unexpected holiday in mid-March because of a network computer crash.

The computer failure, blamed on a faulty part in the school's main central computer, forced the School of Hope in the Pointe Coupee Parish to close down to most students for a couple of weeks.

The alternative school relies completely on a computer network to teach its 110 students. The school provides a self-paced program for dropouts, discipline cases, those with learning disabilities, and adults returning to the...

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