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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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RE: And that, my friends...
By CaedenV on 10/25/2013 5:30:04 PM , Rating: 2
While I agree that winRT tablets would have been a much better call, there are a few reasons I have found in working with schools as to why they choose iPads. As annoying as it is, it is the right call too.
The #1 reason to choose iPads is the Pearson software, textbooks, and other educational apps are on the iPad. As much as I would love for schools to be about productivity and training kids for the workplace (learning office, adobe suites, and other production software), school is really built around reading books to fill circles on standardized tests. That does not require any projects, or group work, or critical thinking, or writing, or anything which will be remotely useful to students 10 years down the road when life will slap them in the face and they realize that they are all morons and failures who need to start over from scratch. The Apple App store has the books and the software to achieve those goals, so that is what schools honestly SHOULD buy to fulfill them.
The #2 reason schools get iPads is because of the manageability. Link a slew of iPads to a cart, link that cart to an account, and all of the crap that the kids did to those iPads throughout the day goes away overnight when it gets plugged into the cart, and all of the software is updated right along with it. It is stupidly simple management which is needed in schools where tech help is nowhere to be found.
Reason #3 is AirPlay support with AppleTV. It may suck down all of the wireless bandwidth in the classroom, but it is super simple to link the teacher's iPad to an AppleTV so that all of the kids get a nice big picture example of what they are supposed to be doing on the device in front of them. WinRT 8.1, WP8.1, and Win8.1 are all supposed to support something similar... but I have yet to see it in action.
Reason #4 is that (as much as I HATE it) there is no public support to buy anything but iPads. Increase taxes for facilities, or new computers, or raising teacher pay, or books... good luck! Raise taxes to get something flashy and gimmicky and people are all ears. Similarly, in the private school sector (where I have worked a bit), parents actively ask if students will be using iPads in the classroom. They don't know what they will be used for, nor do they really care. It is merely that they want their kids to have the 'best' technology available in the classroom, and Apple (at least in their minds) is the 'best'. It is to the point where a private school can raise tuition more than what the iPads cost, and still retain students, which makes the iPads not only free, but a sales asset. Try raising the cost to buy some netbooks or other tablets and it goes from an asset to a liability.
Reason #5 is that Teachers are horrible students. Obviously I am generalizing. My wife is a teacher, and I have had, and have met many teachers who do not fall under this category; But the fact of the matter remains that most teachers (by a large percentage) like to teach because they know all of the answers, have a set curriculum, and can reuse that curriculum year after year without having to learn anything new. Teachers may be experts in their field, but the minute that they are confronted with something outside of that narrow set of knowledge then they clam up and you can see panic and fear all over their faces. This is especially true with technology where they are so afraid to learn it because they know that everything is going to change in a year or two and they are going to be forced to learn everything all over again. And the scary thing is that this is not a problem with older teachers! There is a similar percentage of young teachers who are paralyzed with fear when it comes to technology as the older ones. But, you present them with something like an iPad and you get a TOTALLY different reaction. These same teachers who were literally scared to doubble-click on the link for MS Word on the desktop for fear of failing to click fast enough (honest to God, that is an actual problem I have had to deal with) face the iPad with enthusiasm and fascination. Their mere willingness to learn the platform makes it a more effective platform.

Anywho, I hate iPads, and I hate the way that most school systems are set up, but for these reasons alone it makes the iPads a better purchase than a winRT tablet ever could dream to be.

RE: And that, my friends...
By ritualm on 10/25/2013 6:53:49 PM , Rating: 4
There is only one thing I learned through ~20 years of school: don't bother trying to learn anything at an institution, do that learning yourself, and get a job as soon as you're legally allowed to work. Also, don't bother trying for an IT major, as you'll have to learn everything from scratch anyway.

Otherwise, by the time you graduate from college/university, you're barely qualified to flip burgers and change coffee filters for minimum wage.

RE: And that, my friends...
By StevoLincolnite on 10/26/2013 5:43:46 PM , Rating: 2
Flipping Burgers isn't that bad in Australia.
Sure customers pay an extra 70 cents per meal or whatever...

But it's about $17 an hour minimum wage, you get health care, sick leave, annual leave and soon parental leave all included.

RE: And that, my friends...
By Jeffk464 on 10/28/2013 5:52:22 PM , Rating: 2
Don't know why you got rated down, Australian style of life is better for a higher percentage of the population than that of the US. The average person in the US can only hope to have it as good as the average Aussie.

RE: And that, my friends...
By Noya on 10/28/2013 9:49:20 PM , Rating: 1
Don't know why you got rated down, Australian style of life is better for a higher percentage of the population than that of the US. The average person in the US can only hope to have it as good as the average Aussie.

Because a large percentage of the users on this site or close-minded American idiots. Git'R'dun Merica!

RE: And that, my friends...
By The Von Matrices on 10/26/2013 3:21:23 AM , Rating: 2
Thank you for the insight. I few paragraph breaks would be useful, but I like the perspective.

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