Maine Gov. Angus S. King's proposal to give laptop computers to middle-school students has been scaled back, but it's still alive.

During the session that ended in June, legislators slashed the funding from $50 million to $30 million. King must raise $15 million from private sources to ensure that the fund remains an endowment.

Interest from the endowment would be used to provide each seventh- and eighth-grader a laptop computer.

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