In a case that demonstrates the demand for equitable computer access in public schools, a program asking parents at a Palo Alto, Calif., middle school to buy $2,000 laptops for their sixth-graders has been put on hold.

The Jordan Middle School laptop program was suspended Nov. 2 after several parents complained it wasn't fair to families that can't afford the computers.

"The pause will allow for a re-evaluation of the program," said Bob Golton, acting superintendent of schools for Palo Alto, who plans to have an advisory group study the


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