One of the nation's most ambitious programs to equip teachers and students with laptop computers "is no longer an option," declared Kathie Johnstone, chair of the Cobb County, Ga., school board. A county judge ruled against the laptop program on July 29, and Johnstone's announcement came after the school board met with its attorney for two hours and 15 minutes on Aug. 1.

The school board reportedly has 30 days to appeal the judge's decision, and Johnstone said the board is still weighing that option.

School officials in Cobb County, Ga., saw their plans


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