Microsoft Corp. is partnering with Michigan state officials to set up a web-based system designed to help teachers and parents meet statewide achievement standards that eventually will be required at certain grade levels.

As part of its "Partners in Learning" project, the computer software giant will give up to $4 million to the state in the next five years to set up a system of web sites, the company and Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Aug. 30. Officials hope the first site will be up and running by early 2005.


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