An Arkansas legislative panel on Feb. 12 rejected a proposal to create a statewide pilot program that would turn school buses into mobile classrooms with the help of laptop computers, reports the Arkansas News Bureau. House Bill 1273, authored by Rep. Nancy Blount, D-Marianna, failed to clear the House Education Committee, receiving only seven "yes" votes from the 20-member panel. Blount said she would present the bill again. The bill would create a three-year pilot program in which students in participating districts would use laptop computers to take online math and science courses while traveling to and from school in


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