The Houston Chronicle reports that Tom Burnett, an Austin-based executive at Apple computer, played a key role in writing legislation that could free up more Texas government funding for school laptop programs. The sponsor of the legislation invited Burnett and several other vendors to the table when it came time to craft the “Texas e-Learning Initiative,” but only Burnett ended up as one of the bill’s final authors. The other authors were a former president of Texas Wesleyan University and a former TEA curriculum director.