Budget shortfalls are calling into question the future of school laptop programs in some forward-looking states--one of which now appears poised to scale back its ambitious plans to equip all sixth-graders with the machines before the program even gets off the ground.

In July, Michigan approved spending $22 million in state funds and $17.3 million in federal funds to give wireless laptops or handheld computers to all sixth-graders across the state, possibly by this winter. But now Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she intends to cancel state funding for the program in light of a $900...

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