Georgia's Cobb County School District is hoping to provide Apple iBooks to all middle and high school students and their teachers. That is more than 63,000 laptops, to the tune of $69 million.

If the proposal is agreed at a meeting on March 9, all teachers in the district will get a laptop this spring. Student use of the laptops will be tested at four sites this autumn, according to a MacCentral report.

The seeding of laptops in all the schools will not happen until early 2006.

Cobb's interest in Apple's iBook is based on the success of a similar scheme in Maine. In 2002 Maine was the first to began such a program. The Cobb County School District is looking to the Maine experience, for "a peek into the pros and cons of having one like it", according to a report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.