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LAUSD superintendent wants iPad plan postponed

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy discusses the Race to the Top grant program on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.
October 16, 2013 3:01:51 PM PDT
An ambitious plan to equip every student in the Los Angeles Unified School District with an iPad may be postponed.

The original plan was to get iPads to all 650,000 students by the end of next year. But LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy wants to delay that to the end of 2015 to give the district time to train staff on the use of the devices.

"I am hopeful that this revised plan meets the concerns of board members over how best to provide our students with the technology they need to excel in the classroom and succeed in their careers," Deasy said in a statement.

This comes after 300 students cracked the security codes so they could browse the Internet and play games.

The district is spending $1 billion to buy the iPads and wire every school with WiFi. It recently distributed the devices at 47 campuses.

Deasy is proposing that the next batch of iPads be distributed by April to three dozen of the district's campuses most lacking in technology. Other schools would get them between August 2014 and December 2015.

The Board of Education will take up Deasy's proposal on Oct 29.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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