In what industry analysts say is a "startling" move that confirms the company's rededication to education, Apple Computer announced March 14 that it would acquire privately held PowerSchool Inc., a leading provider of web-based student information systems (SIS) for the K-12 market.

"Apple has a legacy of helping teachers teach and students learn. We are now expanding that mission to include helping schools run more effectively," said Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, in a company...

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