Maine's $50 million endowment to provide laptop computers to schools got a strong show of support at a lengthy hearing before the Legislature's Education Committee April 9. Educators, business leaders, and students said the program is vital to the state's efforts to prepare its young people to compete in the high-tech global economy.

"The only way we can make my generation technology-savvy is to give them what they need for the future—in other words, give them ...

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