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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 Moto7451 on 10/27/2013 2:48:10 PM , Rating: 0
Actually they probably would have cost the same.

When I volunteered at a LAUSD (around 2005, but I doubt things have changed) school I helped out with picking out computers. We had two choices:

The $1500 iMac (really the base $1200 model)

The $1500 Dell (really the base $600 model)

Any guess why "more expensive" Macs end up in schools? Whats with the pricing you ask?

LAUSD doesn't actually procure anything. They have a technology services company they contract through and they set the prices. They also claim to offer support services for the computers they sell which is where the premium pricing comes in. However, in practice their support was limited to swapping out a dead computer. Hence why I volunteered to help out. For things like the internet being down in the computer lab, it would take a week to get someone out. That's a lot of unhappy teachers and students.

To the other commenters: Step out of whatever bizarre echo chamber you like living in. This stuff has absolutely nothing to do with technology. Win RT this, Android that. All meaningless. This isn't a technology problem, this is a procurement problem.

The fact of the matter is that what they're doing here is an extension of 20+ years of business as usual. The carts they're talking about were previously deployed with iBooks and MacBooks. They're not looking at this as "$800 iPad v.s. $100 android tablet"... and thats besides the fact the schools never pay MSRP. Ultimately they're going to look at this as "$1500 for the Laptop or $800 for the Tablet" and since most of what these will be used for is data lookup and interactive edu-tainment software, either is a good choice.

Lastly a big reason Apple products become part of the carts is that it's safe to make certain form factor assumptions, the UI is consistent (only need to write a manual once because it only will be written once), and the education software already runs on it. This is exactly why you see iPads and not Windroid Yoga Fliptab 7s or whatever your strange taking-it-way-too-personaly partisan choice you think should be used.

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