BOISE, Idaho -- As Idaho considers legislation to provide laptops for every high school student, computer companies are already eyeing what could become a lucrative contract with the state.

Public schools chief Tom Luna unveiled his sweeping overhaul at the start of the 2011 Idaho Legislature, calling for the state to arm students with laptops starting in the ninth grade while requiring them to take online courses.

Computer makers stand to profit if Idaho adopts the reforms and a handful of companies have already contacted the state, though under the legislation, a task force would meet over several months and sort out the details of the laptop program if lawmakers approve the plan.

Under a proposed budget for the reforms, a statewide contract would be worth an estimated $57.2 million over five years.

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