Maine’s Education Department did not reach its goal of signing up enough high schools by the end of July to account for 8,400 iBooks, the number necessary for an interim plan to put laptops in some high schools. “Commissioner Susan Gendron still held out hope that the laptop plan could be salvaged if more schools sign up over the next few days and if Apple lowers the minimum participation level,” reports AP. “Gendron said she expected to make an announcement after discussing the matter with Apple officials on Wednesday. Apple agreed to provide the same low price it charged for laptops in MaineĀ“s 242 middle schools if the state signed up enough high schools to account for 8,400 laptops for students and teachers this fall.”