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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.

Apple scored 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. 

Source: The Los Angeles Times

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Another example of government efficiency
By Dorkyman on 10/25/2013 5:12:15 PM , Rating: 2
Once just has to laugh at the absurdity of the situation. If this were private enterprise, the company would go bankrupt and something more efficient would rise from the ashes. But since this is government, the mistakes just keep on perpetuating themselves. After all, they're spending someone elses money. Why should they give a $hit?

Which is why, in general, smaller government is better. But why can't the Dems and Libs get that obvious message through their thick skulls?

By KCjoker on 10/25/2013 6:29:35 PM , Rating: 2
Because it's in their best interests to LIE. They know a smaller Gov't is better but that would mean they and all their buddies are out of a job. They know they're not good enough or smart enough to make it in the private sector.

By The Von Matrices on 10/26/2013 3:15:57 AM , Rating: 1
You're just spouting talking points; "Big government" is not exclusive to only Democrats or liberals. In politician speak, "big government" is a negatively connotated term used to demonize government programs you don't like and "small government" is a positively connotated term used to champion government programs you do like. There is no real correlation between the actual size of programs and the rhetoric used by politicians. The only people who truly believe in "small government" are the libertarians, not Republicans/"conservatives" or Democrats/"liberals".

By Murloc on 10/26/2013 10:21:31 AM , Rating: 2
the military-industrial complex or the private prison-strong penalty system are both Big Gov things too and they are perpetuated by the republicans.

Both parties have a voter base in some sectors linked to tax money.

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