[caption id="attachment_25707" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="As use of netbooks grows in schools, a debate arises over efficacy."]As use of netbooks grows in schools, a debate arises over efficacy.[/caption]

Netbooks--the small, scaled-down notebook computers that have proven to be popular with consumers and schools alike--have taken the computer market by storm in the past year.

During a time of steep budget cuts, many school leaders have turned to netbooks as a less expensive way to get computers into the hands of every student. But not everyone agrees that netbooks, with their smaller screens and processing power,...

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