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HP and the State of Michigan Partner on Freedom to Learn Initiative

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 20, 2004

HP today announced it has finalized a contract with Michigan to become the single provider for the state's Freedom to Learn initiative. The statewide program, designed to enhance students' academic performance through technology, provides computer access to thousands of public school children throughout the state. The contract is valued at up to $68 million over four years.

"HP is proud to be working with the state of Michigan to help fulfill its education and information technology goals," said George Warren, director of K-12 line of business, Public Sector Organization, HP. "Through our broad portfolio of products and services, as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, HP is able to offer a complete education solution to the state of Michigan."

The Freedom to Learn (FTL) program targets Michigan's middle school students, with the possibility of eventually reaching up to 132,000 sixth-grade students. While the actual number of participants depends on school participation and funding levels, the HP package could reach as many as 40,000 students in the first year.

In order to participate, school districts must submit a grant application for FTL funding, which will provide $250 per student in the program for the first of the four-year program. FTL is funded by the No Child Left Behind Act. Financial support will be limited to high-priority schools, especially those not making adequate yearly progress as part of the NCLB Act; however, all school districts may submit an application as an expression of interest in the program.

HP provided a complete FTL education package customized to meet the goals of the state. Included in the HP solution is curriculum aligned to national and state standards, teacher professional development, and a centralized learning portal, which will provide teachers, parents and students with powerful communication and collaboration tools and create a more personalized learning environment. This statewide portal will be hosted on HP technology, using Microsoft® Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Microsoft Class Server and modeled on the Intel®-supported Managed Learning System.

The Freedom to Learn program is operated jointly by the Michigan Department of Education and Michigan Virtual University.

Tom Watkins, Michigan's Superintendent of Public Instruction, is pleased with the HP package. "More than just technology, HP is offering a well-rounded package that should truly help improve both teaching and learning in our state. Technology, put in the hands of students and teachers, will create some really powerful tools and exciting learning opportunities," said Watkins.

"I am very happy to have this contract finalized and our statewide partner, HP, onboard with Freedom to Learn," said Michigan House Speaker Rick Johnson. "From the very beginning, Freedom to Learn has been about one key partnership - partnering Michigan students with new tools to help them learn. Now, we are ready to take the next step, together with HP, to offer even more students the opportunities that come through Freedom to Learn and our ability to reach kids through a one-to-one relationship with their teachers."

Michigan Virtual University President David Spencer praised the details of the HP solution. "Working with our K-12 partners, we have developed an education package that could well become a national model. From the infrastructure technology to the digital curriculum to the teacher professional development component, we have integrated the critical elements to ensure a successful program," said Spencer.

HP works with industry leaders such as Intel, Microsoft, Classroom Connect and Education Testing Services to build collaborative, customized and agile technology infrastructures.

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