A looming $1.7 billion budget deficit next year has done little to curb Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's enthusiasm for an ambitious technology initiative that would provide all sixth-graders throughout the state with their own personal computing devices. The Democratic governor has advanced a $38 million program, combining state and federal funds, to underwrite the one-to-one computing initiative. Republicans control both houses of the Legislature, but the program is the brainchild of the Speaker of the Michigan House, and has enjoyed broad bipartisan support in the past.

Dubbed Freedom to Learn, the plan is seen


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