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Back in June, we passed along the news that the Los Angeles Board of Education had approved a controversial measure to spend $30 million on iPads for students at a select group of schools. And now, as the L.A. Times reports (via Cult of Mac), the board is expanding the initiative to include 38 additional campuses, as well as buying laptop for students in seven high schools.
The new initiative has a whopping $115 million price tag, and the board plans to buy around 67,500 iPads with the money (although the absence of a cap allows room for that number to grow). The tablets will be shared, since the earlier plan to let students take the tablets home fell through after some students figured out how to switch off the content restrictions. (Well, at least they're comfortable with technology, right?)
Source: ABC News
The tablets cost the L.A. Unified School District $768 apiece, although that figure has as much to do with the curriculum software on the device as Apple's special pricing. Indeed, Apple's even agreeing to provide newer models (such as the iPad Air) at no extra cost, and the district is currently haggling with Apple to get iPads used for standardized tests down to around $200 or $300 per unit.
By the end of the year, the district hopes to see iPads in the hands of all its 640,000 students.
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