“Los Angeles school district officials have allowed a group of high schools to choose from among six different laptop computers for their students — a marked contrast to last year’s decision to give every pupil an iPad,” Howard Blume reports for The Los Angeles Times. “Contracts that will come under final review by the Board of Education on Tuesday would authorize the purchase of one of six devices for each of the 27 high schools at a cost not to exceed $40 million.”

“In the fall, administrators, teachers and students at those schools will test the laptops to determine whether they should be used going forward,” Blume reports. “What they learn will affect the future of an ongoing effort to provide computers for all students in the nation’s second-largest school system.”

“A year ago… the school board, with little discussion, authorized a $30-million contract with Apple that was expected to expand to at least $500 million. An additional $500 million was earmarked for upgrading Internet connections,” Blume reports. “The rollout of the iPads last fall at 47 schools, however, was beset by challenges, controversy and some mistakes. Students immediately deleted security filters so they could freely browse the Internet. The district recalled the devices at several schools and some students never saw them again. Distribution of the devices quickly fell behind schedule… Districtwide distribution of the iPads is on hold, although some schools still are scheduled to receive them in the fall.”

“The laptop options impressed Carolyn McKnight, the principal at East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet, one of five schools at the Torres complex. Two chose the Lenovo Yoga Touch, two the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and the last, a Dell Latitude E7240,” Blume reports. “A few other campuses chose Chromebooks.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Idiots. God only knows what other idiocy is going on in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

And, why aren’t MacBook Air notebooks among the choices? What a hideous list of crap! Surface Pro 2? Seriously?

In the hands of competent educators and IT staff, Apple’s iPad is unmatched in terms of portability and effectiveness. By the way, those Apple employees who were responsible for failing to properly guide these schools through this major, very public iPad rollout should be pink-slipped with gusto over this clusterfsck. Adios, you blew it, big time. Healthcare.gov had a smoother rollout. That said, if there is a signed contract with Apple, The company should sue the everliving shit out of take appropriate legal action against the Los Angeles Unified School District for every single penny they are owed.

Is your kid in the obviously incompetent LA School District? If so, move.

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