L.A. Unified School District iPads to Cost $100 More Per Device
October 25, 2013 2:43 PM
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LAUSD must purchase at least $400 million before it will receive the discounted price of $678 per iPad
The iPad rollout in the
L.A. Unified School District
(LAUSD) just got a whole lot more expensive.
According to a new report from the
Los Angeles Times
, the revised school budget for LAUSD shows that each iPad will cost about $100 more than the previously reported price of $678. The new price per iPad is now $770.
Why the price jump? The report says that LAUSD must purchase at least $400 million before it will receive the discounted price of $678 per iPad. This means that the district would have to buy 520,000 iPads before getting the lower prices.
The deal includes the iPad, a protective case, a limited three-year warranty, technical assistance and training, curriculum from Pearson Education Inc. (which is still being developed) and one Apple TV setup per 20 students.
LAUSD started out with a $50 million budget for the iPads, which is supposed to put an iPad in the hands of all students and teachers at 47 schools in the district. That budget includes training and upgrading wireless Internet at these campuses, but the prices seem to be increasing over budget.
For example, the original budget set aside $20.3 million for iPad devices, but the revised version added over $4 million for the tablets. Also, the classroom carts (which are used to charge the iPads) were to cost $2.6 million for the first phase, but that rose to $3.2 million.
LAUSD is trying to stay in that $50 million budget range by delaying a system for providing online courses and also shifting costs to the general fund of about $550,000.
Despite these cost issues, the revised budget reportedly says the district is right where it wants to be in terms of the iPad rollout.
But cost isn't the only issue the district has had with the iPad launch. Earlier this month, LAUSD took the iPads back from students after
nearly 300 students "hacked"
into the devices allowing for access to prohibited websites like Facebook, Twitter and Pandora. About 2,100 iPads were distributed at that time.
LAUSD counted 260 cases of iPad security "hacks" at Roosevelt, 10 from Angelou Community High School in South Park and 70 at Westchester High.
a $30 million contract from LAUSD
back in June, which is part of a a $1 billion technology plan in the school system. The school district 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.
The Los Angeles Times
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This is chump change
10/25/2013 4:31:02 PM
Few Americans appreciate just how expensive IT projects in the education sector can be. A few years ago I was working on a web site for the Department of Education. It was nothing terribly sophisticated: just three HTML forms for input plus a couple pages to spit the data back out. I managed to do all the work on one weekend sitting at a coffeehouse. Still, the budget ends up being over $700,000 and we burnt through the money before we got to phase 2, which would involve putting the site online for the public to use.
RE: This is chump change
10/25/2013 5:39:41 PM
A friend was telling me about a friend of his that does contract work for the gov't. He said that the people admin the contract told him he needed to charge more because they weren't spending the budget fast enough.
Gotta love it.
"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard
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