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L.A. Board of Education Approves $115 Million iPad Deal

by Todd Haselton | January 15, 2014January 15, 2014 11:30 am PST


The Los Angeles Unified School District has already hit a few roadblocks rolling out iPads for use by students in classrooms. Despite those problems, however, the tablets are going to continue to be distributed. The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that the Los Angeles Board of Education recently approved a deal that will bring iPads to 38 new school campuses in the area, at a cost of about $115 million.

Just a few months ago, in November, an L.A. school district had to stop the iPad program after it found that students were skirting around pre-installed security software and using the tablets for unintended purposes. Additionally, that initial roll-out ended up being a lot more expensive than anticipated, after the Los Angeles School District miscalculated when Apple discounts were going  to kick in on bulk orders. The new $115 million proposal removes a limit on the number of iPads that can be purchased, The Los Angeles Times explained, though that’s still not enough money to buy the school board’s recommended amount of iPads.

The school district will pay about $768 per tablet, though part of that cost includes other expenses the district will face during deployment. The L.A. Unified School District is also trying to cut costs by negotiating the prices of tablets that will only be used to administer tests.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...