Some South Dakota educators, reacting to a three-year, $39 million proposal to provide laptop computers to all high school students in the state, say they'd rather make their own decisions about technology spending. In other states where similar initiatives have been implemented in the past, educators generally have become supporters of the laptop programs.

South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, a Republican, unveiled the proposal in his budget address to the Legislature last month as part of his 2010 Education initiative. He proposed using $13 million in state funds to help school districts buy or lease


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