The Maine Education Department failed to sign up enough high schools to get Macs installed in them by autumn.

The state had aimed to persuade sufficient schools to account for 8,400 notebooks to sign up, though the district still hopes the plan can be saved over the next few days, if Apple lowers its minimum participation levels.

Apple had agreed to provide Macs at the same low price it charged for laptops in the historical deal that put iBooks into 242 middle schools in the state.

School chiefs will meet with Apple today to try to find a way forward.