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The district plans to use $30 million in tax money to fund the first $31,000 devices, but is looking for other options to fund the rest

Apple scored a major contract last month to deploy iPads in a Los Angeles school district, and more details about that deal are trickling out. 

CITEworld reports that the Los Angeles Unified School District will receive 31,000 iPads this school year as part of phase one of the overall iPad deployment. This first phase is currently in action, delivering iPads to 49 of the district's 1,124 K-12 schools.

The district has 640,000 students total, and the goal is to have an iPad for each student. The LA Unified School District plans to complete the rest of the phases under the contract with Apple by late 2014, when each and every student should have an iPad of their own. 

The contract between the LA school district and Apple is worth $30 million, but students will get to use them for free. The district plans to use $30 million in tax money to fund the first $31,000 devices, but is looking for other options to fund the rest.

"The most important thing is to try to prepare the kids for the technology they are going to face when they are going to graduate," said Mark Hovatter, the chief facilities executive for the LAUSD. "This is phase one, a mix of high school, middle school, and elementary students. We're targeting kids who most likely don't have their own computers or laptops or iPads. Their only exposure to computers now is going to be in their schools."

The iPads aim to offer students a more well-rounded education by providing a firm grip on technology and how to use it in various situations such as testing, studying and communicating with teachers/students; interactive lessons; reference videos; digital textbooks (book publisher Pearson currently has a contract with Apple to use its textbooks on the iPads); schedules drawn up by teachers, and educational software.   

Apple won the contract with the LA district last month when the Board of Education voted 6 to 0 to approve it. The board came to this conclusion after receiving positive input about iPad use from teachers and students. The iPad was also the least expensive device. 

The iPads will come pre-loaded with educational software, but won't include a keyboard. They have a three-year warranty that includes free replacement devices up to 5 percent of the value of the purchase price. 
The school district has committed to spending "hundreds of millions of dollars" with Apple over the next two years, since they chose the company as their only tablet vendor. 

Source: CITEworld

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By jatkinsaut on 7/26/2013 1:14:31 PM , Rating: 3
That is nearly $1000 each. Seems like there would be some sort of quantity discount. I would think $300 each for a midrange model would be the market price.

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By Cheesew1z69 on 7/26/2013 1:19:29 PM , Rating: 2
Seems a little steep to me considering the ones with wi-fi and cellular for the 128gb is 929 on unless the math is incorrect?

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By BRB29 on 7/26/2013 1:52:03 PM , Rating: 2
It's probably because they have a unique warranty deal with apple since it will guarantee to break a lot. I think the statistics was around 3x more likely to break when issued to elementary kids.

A lot of charter and private schools already have contract with apple for the past few years for ipads. It started since the Ipad2.

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By kleinma on 7/26/2013 2:38:08 PM , Rating: 5
There was a chart a while back with a breakdown, and it turns out having traditional textbooks even at the rate they need to be replaced for newer versions, was like 4x cheaper than rolling out iPads over the course of like 10 years with one or the other. However, since people just feel compelled to change things that aren't broken, the nearly broke state of California can spend more money so that kids can forget what books are.

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By Mint on 7/26/13, Rating: -1
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By Schrag4 on 7/26/2013 4:52:36 PM , Rating: 3
Mint, do you know how to use a tablet? Did you grow up using one? My guess is "Yes" and "No." The kinds of jobs that might require tablet usage probably won't be jobs they get right out of high-school. They'll get a chance to learn to use a tablet in their higher education, if necessary. Not only that, but just like you and I, when these kids get old enough to finally get a tablet, since they are centered around entertainment, there's a high liklihood that they'll teach themselves the ins-and-outs pretty darn quickly. It's funny how you learn how to use the fun tools faster than the tools you don't like using, isn't it?

Also, this will target kids whose parents can't afford a tablet. How about the kids whose parents can afford a table but are unwilling to spend the money on one since it's just a media consumption "toy"? Are those kids out of luck? It's not their fault their parents are stingy.

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By Mint on 7/28/2013 5:10:56 AM , Rating: 1
The kinds of jobs that might require tablet usage probably won't be jobs they get right out of high-school.
Jobs that don't even need high school will be using tablets. Even flipping burgers is going to need machine interfacing in 5-10 years when fast food joints can only stay competitive by automating almost everything and having minimal staff.

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By someguy123 on 7/28/2013 8:16:30 PM , Rating: 3
Why the hell do people NEED tablets in schools? They're designed to be as intuitive and easy to use as possible, hence big colorful buttons that you poke with your fingers. They already have big button touchscreens with large text/pictures at restaurants for the staff to use. I'm pretty sure they weren't brought up with tablets yet still manage just fine. If you can't figure out what a button does when it has the word "hamburger" printed right on it then the problem lies elsewhere.

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By Reclaimer77 on 7/26/2013 2:29:03 PM , Rating: 3
Why would the Government care about getting discounts? Its our money they're spending, not theirs.

Governments actually goes out of their way to waste as much capital as possible. The past five years should make that readily apparent to anyone.

The only thing that's stopped California from following Detroit into bankruptcy is that Republicans periodically wrestle the budget out of Democrat control.

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By kleinma on 7/26/2013 2:41:36 PM , Rating: 1
So the government of california just has one bank account that several people can write checks out of? Everything in government is broken down into groups, and budgets are assigned everywhere. Just because its tax payer money, doesn't mean there is an endless supply of it. If the iPads for school children budget can't be met, they don't just go and take money from the california highway repair budget to cover the difference...

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By Reclaimer77 on 7/26/2013 5:35:19 PM , Rating: 3
Please tell me you aren't this neive...

Most States are in some kind of debt situation. Yes, they DO spend money as if there's an endless supply. When its other peoples money being spent, you have zero incentive to care about a budget.

Come on, this is basic basic stuff.

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By batjohn on 7/26/2013 11:57:23 PM , Rating: 2
Naive? When insulting someone try to use proper spelling... Speaking of basic things...

A bit Cynical as well aren't we?

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By Reclaimer77 on 7/27/2013 1:09:07 AM , Rating: 2

I was posting that on my phone and made a typo, it happens. Sue me :)

A bit Cynical as well aren't we?

Well no I don't think so. I'm just saying how it is. You have to be willfully ignorant not to see the culture of waste and incompetence that has permeated every level of governance in this nation.

The fact that he specifically used the highway/road funds as his example, when it's the single biggest source of pork barrel and non-road funding out there, kinda disqualifies him as an informed debater.

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By kmmatney on 7/28/2013 1:33:54 PM , Rating: 2
It's mainly the pensions. My wife works part-time for the school district in the elementary school program. The former director of the program was recently able to retire, with his full salary for life, at age 51. He worked for the school district for many years, starting out as a teacher's aid, and then as a teacher. He did a crappy job, so they kept moving him around, and he eventually spent the last 5 years as the director of the preschool program (still doing a crappy job) with a significant pay raise. Even though he spent the majority of his years at a lower wage, on retirement he gets his final, highest salary, for life, at age 51! And he gets the pension even if he gets another job. What other sort of job, besides government, gets that sort of benefit?

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By Nutzo on 7/26/2013 6:14:31 PM , Rating: 3
California has been raiding the transportation budget for years so they could keep on spending.

As for LA, they have some of the worse pot-hole filled streets of any major city in the country. One of the reasons is the lack of funds for road repair, yet they have plenty of money from the city budget for education that gets spent on junk like this.

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By shadowamazon on 7/26/2013 2:43:28 PM , Rating: 2
because if you did not waste all the money you were allocated with. Next year you will have less to waste with. Less money = less swagger.

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By Piiman on 7/27/2013 10:22:49 AM , Rating: 2
is 31,000 the number? the story keeps referring to the first $31,000 which a dollare amount. Confusing. if it is the number they will need another 600 million to get the rest. crazy

RE: iPad
By Ghost42 on 7/29/2013 1:31:03 AM , Rating: 2
The article isn't clear on it, however it says the contract is worth $30mil and that they plan to get iPads for all 640k students by late 2014. Which would work out to about $47 an iPad and not $968. At least I would hope so anyway, but this is Cali we're talking about.

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By Ghost42 on 7/29/2013 1:34:26 AM , Rating: 2
To expand what I mean by clear, no where in the original article does it say that it's costing $30mil for the first 31k iPads. It specifically says they are "free".

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