South Dakota schools got some mixed news on the ed-tech front on March 4: Although it appears they will not be forced to pay for internet access themselves this year, it also looks like they will not receive an extra $3 million in state funds requested by Gov. Mike Rounds, a Republican, to expand access to the state's laptop computer initiative.

Lawmakers in that state were considering a bill that would have required South Dakota's school districts to begin paying a significant portion of the cost of their internet services themselves--a cost that, until now, had been footed entirely by the...

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