Educational pricing is done on the webstore, on the right hand side, you should see a link to "other stores" and eduacatoinal is under that.
check this out though::
15.4" intel core duo 1.83, 1gb ram, 100 gb hd, x1600/256mb video
17" 1.67 G4, 512 mb ram, 120 gb hd, 9700/128 mb video
both are $2699 @ the Edu store.
And yes, bleeding edge life sometimes makes you get cut, I agree completly. But that's no reason we won't be drooling all over it untill the 2nd or 3rd gen has the bugs worked out