In what will be the first large-scale educational deployment of low-cost laptops from the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative in the United States, the Birmingham, Ala., Board of Education has voted to accept 1,000 of the group's $200 XO laptops from the city as part of a pilot program set to run from April 15 to Sept. 1.


The program was approved on an 8-to-1 vote, the Birmingham News reported.


The 1,000 computers are part of an initiative by Mayor

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