LA to give every student an iPad; $30M order

PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer
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NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles’ school system, the second largest in the country, is ordering iPads for all its students, handing Apple a major success in its quest to make the tablet computer a replacement for textbooks.

The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday approved the purchase of $30 million worth of iPads as the first part of a multi-year commitment. It found that the iPad was the least expensive option that met its specifications.

Apple says the initial order is for more than 31,000 iPads. The Los Angeles Unified School District has more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The textbooks will be delivered through an application from Pearson, a major publisher.

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