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November 21, 2013 | By Karin Klein
The Los Angeles Unified School District has done the public, itself and, most of all, its students a grave disservice with the changing costs and information disseminated about the project to provide every pupil with an iPad. The loss of faith has been tremendous and might hurt the entire project in major ways. That would be a shame. For all the people who decry the district's intentions of making a big technology purchase, the students of L.A. Unified need regular access to computer devices, whether desktops, laptops or tablets.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 | By Howard Blume
A committee that oversees school bond spending has rejected major portions of a proposal to expand the use of iPads in the Los Angeles Unified School District. District officials had sought approval from the panel for $135 million in spending. Instead, the committee on Wednesday authorized $45 million. The panel failed to approve plans to provide iPads to all teachers and school administrators. And, it reduced the number of iPads requested for students. The decision creates new complications in the $1-billion effort to provide tablets to every student and teacher in the nation's second-largest school system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013
This post has been corrected. Join Times staff writer Howard Blume at 9 a.m. for another installment of our ongoing L.A. Now Live discussions about the rollout of iPads at Los Angeles Unified. In hisĀ  latest article , Blume reported that, contradicting earlier claims, Los Angeles school district officials said Tuesday that their right to use English and math curricula installed on district iPads expires after three years. At market rates, buying a new license for the curricula would cost $50 to $100 each year perĀ  iPad , an additional cost that could surpass $60 million annually.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 | By Howard Blume
A committee that oversees school bond spending has rejected major portions of a proposal to expand the use of iPads in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Officials had sought the panel's approval for $135 million in spending. Instead, the committee Wednesday authorized $45 million. The panel failed to approve plans to provide iPads to all teachers and school administrators. And it reduced the number of iPads requested for students. The decision creates new complications in the $1-billion effort to provide tablets to every student and teacher in the nation's second-largest school system.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
One thing about cautionary tales -- the cautions just seem to proliferate as time marches on. That certainly seems to be the case with the Los Angeles Unified School District's increasingly fraught involvement with education by iPad. In the latest development documented by my indefatigable colleagues Howard Blume and Stephen Ceasar, it turns out that the district costs for the software on its thousands of student-friendly tablets could be $60 million a year higher than anticipated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Top Los Angeles school officials hope to spend $135 million in the spring semester for the next portion of the iPad rollout, according to the official price estimate that emerged this week as part of a revised, compromise plan. That compromise was characterized as a slowdown of the $1-billion effort to provide iPads to every student and teacher in the nation's second-largest school system. But the pace would not be slow compared to the first phase of the distribution this fall. Providing iPads to the first group of 47 schools cost about $50 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Howard Blume and Stephen Ceasar
Contradicting earlier claims, Los Angeles school district officials said Tuesday that their right to use English and math curriculum installed on district iPads expires after three years. At market rates, buying a new license for the curriculum would cost $50 to $100 each year per iPad, an additional cost that could surpass $60 million annually. The expense would add to the price tag of the $1-billion effort to provide a tablet to every teacher and student in the nation's second-largest school system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar and Howard Blume
More than a dozen Los Angeles teachers on Tuesday staged their first protest of a $1-billion plan to provide iPads to every student and teacher, calling the effort misguided and unsustainable. About 15 teachers, parents and representatives from the teachers union rallied at the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences in Granada Hills, just before a meeting held by Los Angeles Board of Education member Tamar Galatzan where L.A. Unified officials explained and defended the iPad rollout.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Here's an early holiday gift: If you trade in your working iPhone or iPad, Best Buy will give you a guaranteed minimum $100 store gift card now through Saturday. Customers will receive the gift card if they trade in their working iPhone 5, iPhone 4s or iPhone 4 and purchase the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c with a two-year contract. The iPad offer is less restrictive: Customers will receive a minimum $100 Best Buy gift card when they trade in any working iPad. Customers can trade in their devices at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The eighth-graders in Stephanie McGurk's class at Ocean Charter School began a recent day as they usually do: reciting a verse celebrating nature. Next, they played scales on recorders as they sat in a classroom furnished with wood furniture, lamps, wicker baskets, artwork and plants. Then McGurk did something incongruous in a school that avoids plastic toys, let alone technology: She handed each student an iPad. By chance, Ocean Charter, a Westside school based on the Waldorf educational philosophy, became part of the much-debated $1-billion effort to provide an iPad to every student and teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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