Despite inking a four-year, $37.2 million contract with Apple Computer in December, Maine education officials face the possibility that Gov. Angus King's ambitious plan to give every seventh and eighth grader in the state a laptop will be targeted for budget cuts.

State education officials on Jan. 23 listed the first nine schools that will get laptops this spring. But legislative leaders from both parties say the administration is moving too quickly, as the state faces a $250 million revenue shortfall that threatens to force cuts in a Medicaid and other human-needs programs. ...

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