Every LA Schoolkid to Get an iPad
District agrees to $30M Apple contract
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 20, 2013 2:04 AM CDT
In this March 7, 2012, file photo, an Apple iPad is on display during an Apple event in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(Newser) – After approving a $30 million contract with Apple, the LA Unified School District is poised to provide every student with an iPad. The decision comes after a 6-0 vote by the Board of Education, the Los Angeles Times reports. The device "received the highest scoring by the students and the teachers" in a comparison with other gadgets, and it's the cheapest package that covers the schools' needs—though it will end up costing "hundreds of millions" in the next two years, the Times notes.

The initial deal gets some 35,000 iPads for 47 campuses, AllThingsD notes, but there are 1,087 schools in what is the country's second-largest district, VentureBeat points out. "This is one of the most high-profile contracts this board will ever approve," says a board member. The 32GB, 4th-generation iPads cost $678 each, which is more than the store price, but they come with educational and productivity software, including iWork. A Microsoft rep said the board shouldn't put all its eggs in one basket, instead adopting multiple platforms—particularly since Microsoft software is used by more businesses. But the district said the iPad was the better device, the Times reports.

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okaragozian
Jun 22, 2013 7:04 PM CDT
2 Years ago I recommended that students should get a tablet containing their textbooks to dr. Reginald mayo, the Superintendent of schools in New Haven, CT. and he poo-poo'd the idea and thought of me as some kind of cracked-pot. The idea of my grandson being saddled with a 20+pound back pack was something I did not want top happen.
No-Left-Turn
Jun 22, 2013 4:04 PM CDT
Only the government would sign such a crappy deal. Buy Apple stock.
shesfireandice
Jun 20, 2013 9:06 PM CDT
I live in a suburb of LA, and my kids are likely to be the beneficiaries of this new policy, however, I think it sets a dangerous precedent. We all want our kids to have the best and to be able to compete, but there are other, less expensive ways to accomplish that. This is a bit like buying your family a Mercedes Benz because of their excellent safety ratings when you've got Toyota money. Each one of us may think we DESERVE a Mercedes, but we have to accept that fact that we may not be able to afford one, and learn to live within our means. For the past 2 years, all I've been hearing from LAUSD is how broke they are, they're cutting funding from all kinds of programs, like music, P.E. and creative arts programs, but now they can find the money to furnish our children with this incredibly expensive gadget that not only makes them targets for thieves, but also is susceptible to being lost and/or damaged - almost as soon as it's provided to the student. We'll teach them to be overly-dependent on a technology that they're figuring out at home anyway. Instead of them learning from school how to think and research things without clicking a button, they can do it the easy way like we do. Sure, we may have more tech-savvy kids (and even that's debatable, there's computers in the classrooms and in the school Libraries), but they'll be lazier and better at looking for the easy answer and a quick click for enjoyment and discontentment.