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.

Dubbed Freedom to Learn, the program is seen by many as the next step toward putting a laptop, or some other wireless computing solution, into the hands of every K-12 student throughout the state. ...

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