UPDATE, September 3, 2013: The Los Angeles Unified School District is reporting a slight hitch in the iPad project -- wireless mouses are necessary to be able to use the tablets to take the new tests that will be part of the coming Common Core curriculum (i.e., involving more complexity than multiple choice -- complexity that will require keyboarding instead of merely touching a screen). Howard Blume reports in this morning's Los Angeles Times that the cost of adding the wireless capability could add up to $38 million to the bill:
...So far the district has committed to paying Apple $30 million to provide tablets at 47 schools. Over time, funding for all iPads will reach about $500 million. Another $500 million will be spent on items such as installing wireless Internet throughout the nation's second-largest school system...
July 26, 2013: Mark Hovatter, chief facilities exec for the Los Angeles Unified School District, confirmed that Apple tablets -- iPads "loaded with educational apps" -- will be coming to all 640,000 LAUSD students by fall 2014.
June 19, 2013: Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy "stepped out of [yesterday's] board of education meeting during a vote to spend $30 million on iPads because, he said, he owns a small amount of stock in Apple," according to Howard Blume, covering the LAUSD meeting for the Los Angeles Times. LAUSD board member Bennett Kayser and the board's general counsel David Holmquist also excused themselves because they own "some stock in Apple," which is the sole vendor of the contract.
The LAUSD board subsequently voted 6-0 to spend the money to provide -- eventually --every student in the district with an iPad. Initially, students on 47 campuses will be supplied. ($30 million represents the roll-out; as Blume reports, "...the district also made a de facto commitment to spend hundreds of millions of dollars with the [Apple]... over the next two years. ...The district is paying $678 per device -- higher than tablets available in stores -- but the machines will be pre-loaded with educational software. The price does not include a keyboard, which may be necessary for older students..."