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Low-Income Schools Getting First Wave of New iPads

Hillel Aron | July 31, 2013

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forsaleWhen school starts on August 13, students on 47 campuses will receive back-to-school gifts: brand new iPads, courtesy of LAUSD’s $30 million first phase of its technology plan, which aims to give every student and teacher an iPad by the end of 2014.

And many of the campuses are located south of the 10 freeway.

The list of 47 schools includes 29 “Office of Civil Rights Schools,” most of them with a high concentration of low income and English language learning students, such as Barack Obama Global Prep Academy in South LA, Baldwin Hills Elementary School, and Palms Middle School (where this reporter attended for two years).

LAUSD Tom Waldman said those schools “were identified as having inadequate technology, representing a mix of elementary, middle and high schools.”

Thirteen schools designated as “Schools for the Future,” meaning they already have wireless internet installed, and five charter schools will also participate in Phase I of the iPad program. The charter schools are all co-located with district schools that are also participating in the program.

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