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Despite Critics, LA Will Move Forward with iPads in Schools



Student using a tablet outside a school building

The revised plan leaves no one happy.

November 14, 2013 By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

A divided Los Angeles Board of Education agreed Tuesday to move ahead with a trimmed-down plan to provide iPads to Los Angeles students, but an evaluation will look at whether the project should proceed.

During a heated debate over the $1-billion project, board members raised numerous concerns, including whether the contract with Apple needs to be reconsidered and whether high schools should be provided laptops instead of tablets.

The decision, by a 6-1 vote that left no one happy, means that the distribution of iPads can continue as planned by schools Superintendent John Deasy for this year. He had previously decided to scale back his original timetable after problems emerged during the rollout on 47 campuses this fall.

As a result of the board action, 35 campuses will receive iPads this year in addition to the 47 schools in the first group.

Continuing the effort gained traction in large measure because L.A. Unified staff asserted that the devices to be purchased represented the minimum number necessary for students to take new state standardized tests in the spring.


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