The Los Angeles Unified School District is redirecting US$30 million of its budget to provide roughly 35,000 iPads to 47 district schools, the Los Angeles Times reports. Because the devices will come pre-loaded with educational software, the price per unit clocks in at a hefty $678.
LAUSD is the nation’s second-largest school district with nearly 695,000 students as of data released in 2009, only surpassed by the New York City Department of Education with more than 1 million students.
The LATimes says that the actual benefits to Apple will actually be in the hundreds of millions of dollars during the two-year contract.
LAUSD’s superintendent John Deasy appeared in a video as part of Apple’s textbook event in New York City in 2012, which was the launch of iBooks Author and iTunes U.