A number of high schools in Maine have opted to use local money to pay for Apple laptops for their ninth grade students.

The state has leased the machines from Apple for $300 each. Kids at thirty-six schools in the state will benefit.

The program has been running in middle schools in the area and school officials had hoped that it would be expanded to Maine’s high schools. However, the Legislature declined to fund the program, so the state Department of Education brokered a deal with Apple to lease the computers directly to Maine high schools, writes Foster's Online.

Apple has initially said it would lease the 8,400 machine for $300 each but when the schools failed to collect enough money to meet the terms of the deal, Apple said it would provide the laptops on the same terms regardless.