Not milk money: L.A. Schools about to order an additional $115 million worth of Apple iPad units

Not milk money: L.A. Schools about to order an additional $115 million worth of Apple iPad units
The L.A. Board of Education is happy with their initiative to bring the Apple iPad to its students. The board is so happy in fact, that it is budgeting $115 million to send the tablet to students at 38 additional schools in the district. The decision overturns the recommendation made by an oversight panel to cut back on the number of slates purchased for students.

The goal is to have every student, teacher and administrator in the district receive an iPad or another type of connected device, like a lap top. Even though board members removed a cap on the number of the iOS powered slabs that the school district can buy, the board did add that the number purchased will be below the 67,500 that the district had recommended. On he other hand, the oversight committee had recommended a purchase of no more than 38,500 iPads. The committee said that there was no justification for the 30,000 extra tablets and in fact, felt that even the amount that they had recommended would prove to be too many.

The school district is paying $768 for each Apple iPad, a price that is well above what other school districts are paying for tablets. But the reason for that high price not only has to do with the high price of Apple's device as opposed to other slates, but also is a result of including the cost of the curriculum being used with the program.

Schools Supt. John Deasy also announced that Apple agreed to provide the iPads at no additional cost. Previously, the school district had been locked into a contract forcing it to pay a high price for an iPad model that had been discontinued.



source: LATimes via AppleInsider

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20 Comments

1. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

American product for American school purchased with American money,i favor this decision (although i'm not american)

11. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

American product? It is built in China. That makes it a Chinese product.

12. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

too bad if u think that way,your home then probably dominated by chinese product,regardless of who design it btw,most profit goes back to Apple office in Curpertino. but the way u give credit so easily to chinese makes me proud (i'm Australian chinese)

2. Furbal unregistered

Lets get some raspberry pi's in schools and teach computer science instead.

3. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

PA. Why the video play automatically? I didn't even click it. It's very annoying.

15. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Lol automatic play won't hurt you.

4. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Why don't they just subsidise the cost of the "connected device" for the students instead of buying one they may or may not like? It would have cut down the cost by a lot

5. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

too many loophole student will find its way of using the money and school department has to develop different program for different platform,bascially inviting trouble

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

1. I meant buying the "connected device" through the school or the government, although supplies may be an issue. 2. Just let the students in universities develop the programs. It gives them a project to do and at the same time cut costs, essentially killing 2 birds with 1 stone.

13. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

better said than done

18. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Well, Singapore has done the first one. Seems okay so far.They even offer extended warranty

19. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

probably workable with obedient citizen of singapore other part of the world,probably good idea not turning a school into IT store,just concentrate on education

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

im very sure these are old iPad 2's , that 30 pin adapter won't go away anytime soon

16. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Imo I think it's better for the students to get the recycled/refurbished ones, than the district buy current new ones. They can save some money and still provide the kids with the portable technology.

7. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

haha they rich, that the conclusion

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

$768 for a tablet that may or may not enhance the children learning. In addition, some parent are actively prohibiting their children access to tablet at their young age. Combating poor eye sight and video game addiction problem.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

$768 for a tablet that may or may not enhance the children learning. In addition, some parent are actively prohibiting their children access to tablet at their young age. Combating poor eye sight and video game addiction problem.

14. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

For that price they could have bought (3) Nexus 7s or (3) Chromebooks for every (1) iPad. Even a Windows laptop would cost less.

17. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

What is also sad is that Apple is not giving any discounts to companies or schools that buy in bulk. I work at target and I had someone come in who works for Delta and she said that they approached Apple so they could give iPads to all of their pilots. When she asked how much it would be, (we are talking about thousands of iPads here), the person said the full price. Delta decided to get the Surface instead.

20. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

All of the schools in my local district got Chromebooks this year and it seems to make a lot more sense than iPads.

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