Organizers want to expand a pilot program in a rural Arkansas school district that equipped students with laptop computers or video iPods so they could study science and math while riding to and from school on the bus.


The Aspirnaut Initiative began last year in the Sheridan School District, which covers 600 square miles. (See "Schools ride emerging trend: Bus-based connectivity.") The program's intent: Let students spend their time on the bus more productively.


Aspirnaut Initiative director Julie Hudson, a professor at Vanderbilt University, said the program--which has proven successful on a pilot basis--could help the state with its long-term goals...

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