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LAUSD tablet program nixed: Superintendent’s request for $17.5 million denied

The panel that oversees spending of Los Angeles Unified’s bond revenue on Wednesday refused Superintendent John Deasy’s request for nearly $17.5 million to jump-start the purchase of computer tablets for every student, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The Bond Oversight Committee voted 7-3 for the plan, but that was one vote short of the eight needed for passage, officials said. Deasy wanted to borrow the revenue from voter-approved Measure Y funds that had been earmarked for construction of a preschool in the southern portion of the school district. The $17.5 million would have funded the first phase of his long-range technology program, including the pilot project at 14 secondary schools. Deasy said the tablets are needed for the district to implement the new curriculum known as Common Core State Standards taking effect in 2014. Ultimately, he wants to buy tablets for all 650,000 LAUSD students, a project estimated to cost upwards of $400 million…

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