The Los Angeles School Board of Education has committed to buy $30 million worth of iPads for its students starting this fall, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) announced yesterday.
Under the two-year plan, the nation's second-largest public school district will provide an iPad to every student across 47 different schools. The Los Angeles Times reports the district will be paying $678 per device. That's more than a typical unit, but they will come pre-loaded with educational software including the Pearson Common Core System of courses. Apple says apps such as iWork, iLife, and iTunes are included in addition to a range of educational third-party apps.
LAUSD Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Jaime Aquino was quoted as saying the board unanimously voted for Apple because the iPad was the highest-quality and least expensive option. The iPad also received the highest scoring by a review panel that included students and teachers.
Apple says about 10 million iPads are already in use at schools worldwide.