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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 BillyBatson on 10/25/2013 9:08:41 PM , Rating: 5
I am in complete agreement!!!!! NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I work for a private school in the Los Angeles area, we offer grades from pre-school all the way to the 12th grade and have 5 campuses. We have some very famous and influential families that attend mainly because of our international baccalaureate program. We have purchased about 200 iPad 2's to students and 60 for teachers. We have also spent an additional $30k buying charging locking carts that house charge and sync the iPads while locking them "securely". I am not exaggerating when I said that the teacher iPads are never used as a teaching tool, and only a small percentage of the student iPads get used and are never used for more than making videos of various things (speeches, book reports, circus class) that get posted on the website for parents.
Our IT department never looked into alternatives, iPad is the defacto name in tablets to these people and the parents heavily suggested that the money be spent towards iPads rather than other teaching tools like smart touch white boards or updating our aging fleet of laptops.

Nothing is a better way to go! We could have updated teaching material, planned so many more field trips, or in any number of other ways. But at least when we show prospective parents the sticker price for 1 student to attend the school per year we can follow up with "but we have iPads".

RE: And that, my friends...
By StanO360 on 10/26/2013 2:16:51 PM , Rating: 2
It is all a little strange. Ask for specifics and there won't be any. Or Apple TV's in the classrooms when a $10 Ethernet cable would do the trick.

RE: And that, my friends...
By BillyBatson on 10/27/2013 12:52:21 AM , Rating: 2
We don't have a special contract with apple so I believe we didn't get any sort of discount (we can't afford to spend $400million just to save 10%) and so we don't have any apple TV's. Our school uses Toshiba Dynadocks to connect teacher laptops to a projector and smart board and an hdmi cable for iPads for rooms that have projectors with hdmi in which aren't many.

RE: And that, my friends...
By conq on 10/28/2013 12:41:06 PM , Rating: 2
Do nothing??? That's absurd, what planet do you guys live on?

Buying millions($) in iPads is the single best thing a politician could do for a school system to get noticed. Every parent will go home that day and say, "Gosh, this school district is bleeding edge! We're on our way to winning! I love these guys and what they do for my kids!"


Anyone remember Gateway 2000? When I was still in highschool 15 years ago, my school district made the same exact decision. Buy enough PCs to put 5-10 in every classroom, every grade. I even helped put them in as a student worker. It went over with the taxpayers big. But guess what? We ever only used them to play games in between classes. Quake ran wonderfully. Don't forget to tack on the support and software costs over the next few years. Biggest waste of my town's taxpayer's money ever. The kicker to top it all off? Naturally, they became obsolete in 5 years.

"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke

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