The pending acquisition of Compaq Computer Corp. by Hewlett-Packard (HP) will go forward as announced, company representatives have assured eSchool News. They expect the deal to be completed by early spring. But in the weeks since the acquisition was first announced, the proposed pact has met with increasing criticism.

The ultimate outcome of the pending merger is important to school leaders because Compaq and HP are leading providers of technology equipment in education.

Much of the criticism of the deal comes from members of the Hewlett and Packard families.

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