Its attention drawn by Maine's middle-school laptop program, a Texas company said that it's giving Maine schools software valued at $400 million to help the state implement its pioneering effort.

Electronic Data Systems (EDS), which announced the gift Nov. 7, also will make its software available to Maine high schools and the Maine Technical College and state university systems, so students using it will be better trained to work for precision manufacturers.

Maine Gov. Angus King said that to his knowledge, the gift—with a commercial value of $400 million—is the


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