LA School Superintendent/Apple Stockholder to Buy iPad for Every Student


Nothing opens up a child’s world like Facebook and Angry Birds. (Via American Digest)

Every school child in Los Angeles is to be given an iPad following a $30million deal with Apple. The Los Angeles Unified School District announced on Tuesday the decision after teachers voted iPads the cheapest product and the best quality in the market.

Cheapest really? The iPad is about the priciest major tablet.

iPads will now be handed out in 47 schools to give students from low-income households a better chance in the classroom as new national and state tests are to be taken on the devices.

Apparently the only thing standing in the way of educating low income students in Los Angeles was a high end tablet. Now that they have it, Einstein look out.

And how will this brilliant plan be paid for?

Supt. John Deasy said that the tablet project would be paid for using school construction bonds that are repaid over decades, according to the LA Times.

Which is exactly the purpose those bonds were intended for. Educrats scream that they need schools for the children and then turn around and blow the money and then demand more tax hikes for the children.

By only using Apple devices, the school district will pay out millions of dollars to the California-based company over the next two years.

Sounds like a good deal for Apple.

Mr Deasy and another board member did not take part in the vote on the iPads because each has stock in Apple. Each iPad will cost $678 which is more than the retail price because it comes with special educational software.

Of course. Isn’t it great how taxpayers get screwed so that Apple can get a sweetheart deal.

  • Bryan Schmick

    Actually, this may end up saving some money if school textbooks are issued on the ipads and (more importantly) there is some control mechanism for ensuring they get returned in decent shape when students graduate or leave the district. They will need to be locked down to school only apps to reduce the cases of ‘lost/stolen’ ipads.

    • Spikey1

      1. It has already been tried in cities like Detroit and the i-pads wind up in pawn shops.

      2. Do you honestly think that the textbook makers are going to reduce the prices for digital copies of the books? If you do then I need some of what you are smoking.

      3. Go try and place some controls on teachers, let me know how that worked out for you.

      • Bryan Schmick

        1. Please reread my comment. Particularly the part where I identify the need for a control mechanism.

        2. After just a minute with Google (and I didn’t need to smoke anything – surely you can Google to), I found info digital school textbooks. Here’s a web site outlining Utah’s plan to develop it’s own open source books: . Each state has lots of teachers that presumably are aware of their subjects. Let them create text books. Better yet, let the Dep of Ed do something useful.
        3. The controls need to be placed on students and parents. Not teachers. Like I said in my post, that’s the significant hurdle.

        • Spikey1

          “Each state has lots of teachers that presumably are aware of their subjects. Let them create text books. Better yet, let the Dep of Ed do something useful.”


          Thanks for the laugh. Oh so many ways to go with that one quote alone. Pick from this list and then I’ll expand on the subject you choose; Common core, teachers creating textbooks, Dep of Ed and their role.

  • Spikey1

    If us here kidz in LA arn’t edumcamated properily how are wees suposed to fix this here finicial mess in the fuchair.

    Chicken in every pot, i-pad on every table, obama care at every turn, and a good helping of common core to wash it all down.

  • Dudley, Shannon McFadden

    Day 1, kid gets her new iPod. Evening 1, kid fences it to older brother for $500. Day 2, kid shows up at school without iPod. So, now what? Kid has no mandatory tool to learn. Is this not an obvious scenario?!

  • George Buzzetti

    What no one wants to talk about is that the I-Pads are an illegal purchase with school construction bond money. The only time an I-Pad is a legal purchase is when it is a part of new school construction as a part of other. That is if they replace the books. The WiFi part is legal as this is equipment that will last more than 10 years. Yes, equipment is to last at least 10 years. They you must ask why did we spend all the money to wire the internet into the classrooms at a ridiculous price/classroom? Now another 10’s or 100’s of millions for WiFi when we are supposed to already have internet connections. In the original purchase it was $678/I-Pad. It was all total $1,000 each. $30,000 into $30,000,000=$1,000.

    Now take the Jaime Aquino, asst. sup., Feb. 12, 2013 power point on this subject. Go to page 9 and the grand total is for $500,000,000 much of that for these connections and such. Now go to page 10 and take the about 31,000 teachers and students listed and the total for the project and the per I-Pad is now $1,592.17 each not the $1,000. I thought you got a discount for volume not a raise in price. Then take the $1,592 X the actual either enrollment, 654,000 or ADA, those who really come to school everyday, 564,000=$1.1 billion or $875 million. Then we have to add the keyboards that all those pros forgot until it all fell apart in N.Y. What is going on? No one does the math or really analyzes and that is how this all happens.