Under a new state law in Louisiana, schools now have the option of selling unused computers to students. Previously, such technology had to be given to other state agencies or recycled. However, due to tight budgets, school technology supervisors say it will be less likely that computers will be pulled out of service and thus eligible for sale. "We basically use a computer until it's broken," said Ben Gautreaux, IT manager for Lafourche schools. "By the time we're getting rid of it, it's not just obsolete. It's usually not even functional."

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