The Los Angeles Unified School Board has approved using $50 million in school construction bonds to buy tablet computers, install wireless systems and train teachers in their use at 47 schools. It’s the first step in what eventually would cost 10 times that amount to supply all 600,000-plus LAUSD students with portable computers.
The board gave the go-ahead without having questions answered on whether students will be able to take the equipment home, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. (See an earlier EdSource Today article that discusses the wisdom and perhaps the legality of purchasing portable computers, with short life spans, for students through long-term bonds. Some districts do it; others avoid the practice.)