Some low-income eighth-graders throughout Kentucky soon will get used personal computers through a program that teams the Kentucky state government with Microsoft and Lexmark.

The state soon will begin delivering 500 of its refurbished computers to students to use at home as part of a program called "No Child Left Offline." It's part of a state effort to promote computer and broadband internet use, said Mike Inman, Kentucky's commissioner of technology.

The program will work with its first batch of 500 PCs through next year. Eventually, the goal is "to do 2,000 computers a


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