When students in Florida's Broward County Public Schools returned to class earlier this year, chances are they hardly noticed the hard work school information technology (IT) and instructional staff logged over the summer to get the system's 262 school buildings ready for their return.

But even amid catching up with friends, decorating lockers, and finding their way from class to class, there was one element students couldn't possibly have overlooked: the school system's supply of shiny new laptop computers--all 40,000 of them.

The computers are the centerpiece of an ambitious


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