Cobb County, Ga., schools superintendent Joseph Redden, the architect of an erstwhile, controversial multimillion-dollar program to provide laptop computers to students and teachers, resigned Aug. 23 under pressure from a divided school board. At a board meeting yesterday, school system officials began searching for Redden's replacement.

Redden's sudden resignation came just days after an independent consulting firm hired by the board released a report on the laptop program, which eventually would have provided laptops for all teachers and students in grades six through 12 district-wide, making it one of the largest in the nation. The report questioned


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