In what may be the largest deployment yet of laptop computers in schools, thousands of Henrico County, Va., students will have one more book to tote around next year: an Apple iBook portable computer.

As part of a four-year, $18.5 million technology initiative, Henrico school officials are leasing 23,000 laptop computers from Apple Computer for all middle and high school students and teachers.

"This is mammoth--the single largest sale of portable computers in education ever," said Apple's chief executive officer, Steve Jobs.


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