Apple has pushed through a deal with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to provide about 35,000 iPads to 47 district schools for $30 million. The iPads were marked up to $678 apiece due to the educational software Apple will pre-load onto each tablet.
LAUSD is the second largest school district in the U.S. behind NYC, and the school board voted unanimously (six to zero) on Tuesday to make a deal with Apple. The vote took place after senior officials, students and teachers all praised the iPad as the best quality device that meets their demands for the lowest price. Microsoft, however, had tried to convince the board to consider using its products in addition to the iPad, the Los Angeles Times said.
Not everyone on the board was 100 percent convinced going with Apple was the best idea, even though the vote was ultimately unanimous. Richard Vladovic told the Los Angeles Times that he had already dropped and broken two iPads, and worried that students would do the same, though he ended up voting in favor of the deal.
There was also a bit of unrest with the ruling after it was discovered that a superintendent in the school district appeared in an Apple video before the vote took place. The district employee did not vote, nor did one other because he is a shareholder of Apple stock.
Apple said in March that it has already sold more than 8 million iPads to educational institutions.