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L.A. Board of Education approves next phase of iPad plan

The Los Angeles Board of Education approved the next phase of a $1-billion effort to provide computers to every student, teacher and administrator, reports the Los Angeles Times. The board agreed to distribute iPads to every student at 38 more schools, begin a bidding process to provide laptops for students at seven high schools and buy as many iPads as needed to complete new state tests in the spring. In doing so, the board opted not to follow the advice of an oversight panel that had recommended purchasing thousands of fewer devices. In the end, board members — who said they wanted to avoid unnecessary spending — approved a proposal that removed entirely a cap on how many iPads the district could buy for standardized testing scheduled for the spring. But they also insisted that they expected the number to be well below the 67,500 tablets the district staff had recommended…

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