Maine expands MacBook program to high schools

The Maine Department of Education on Tuesday announced that it has expanded its student laptop program to include high school students. It’s a huge win for Apple, because the state will be acquiring another 64,000 MacBook laptops, with up to 7,000 additional MacBooks possibly ordered in the coming weeks.

The Maine Technology Learning Initiative (MTLI) has equipped middle schoolers in the state of Maine with MacBooks since 2002. The expansion of the program will provide MacBook laptops for students and faculty in grades 7 through 12. Negotiations to make the expansion were reported in March.

Apple is providing educational software, professional development, repair, replacement and technical support, according to the Maine Department of Education.

Apple won the first MTLI contract in September 2001. The company also competed for and won a second contract in 2006.

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