LAUSD spending $30 million to buy 30,000 iPads for students – The Daily Breeze
By Barbara Jones
The Los Angeles Unified board Tuesday approved a $30 million contract to buy iPads for 30,000 students, the first phase in an ambitious plan to equip every pupil with a tablet computer within the next 14 months.
The deal is a huge win for Apple, as the district expects to continue with the same vendor as it acquires the technology that can support the new Common Core curriculum launching in 2014, as well as a new online state testing system.
The plan calls for the 47 schools in Phase I to have iPads by year’s end, with the rest of the tablets purchased within 14 months.
“This is an amazing adventure we’re about to embark on, so hopefully we’re making the right choice,” said board member Tamar Galatzan. “Nothing is perfect, but we’ve made the best choice possible, based on the advice that’s out there. This is the least-expensive option and, hopefully, we’re in for a fruitful relationship.”
The vote was 6-0, with board member Bennett Kayser abstaining because he owns stock in Apple. He and Superintendent John Deasy, another Apple stockholder, left the board room during the discussion.