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LA School Report | January 31, 2014

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LA schools to get 45K more iPads for spring tests
Officials at the Los Angeles Unified School District put in order with Apple Thursday to buy 45,000 new devices for student standardized testing in the spring. After weeks of negotiation, the price dropped by more than $200 from earlier rounds to $504 per device – but doesn’t include Pearson education software preloaded on the other devices. KPCC

L.A. Unified gets reduction on iPads price
The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay substantially less for thousands of iPads under the latest deal with Apple. The cost of the tablets that will be used on new state tests will be about $200 less per device, although the computers won’t include curriculum. LA Times

LAUSD responds to questions of quake risk to schools
Los Angeles Unified School District officials responded Thursday to a new list of vulnerable concrete buildings on campuses with a recap of its multi-million dollar seismic safety repair program and reassurances to parents. KPCC

Some parents, teachers taking issue with breakfast program
Many parents and teachers in the LA Unified School District are speaking out against a mandatory breakfast program in all of the district’s elementary and middle schools. Beginning this April, teachers will begin serving breakfast to students in the classroom. CBS Los Angeles

Ensuring foster youth don’t lose out on partial credit
Along with new requirements to engage parents as part of the budget process, perhaps no aspect of the state’s new funding and accountability program for schools delivers more anxiety than mandates surrounding foster youth. SI&A Cabinet Report

Nine LAUSD schools compete in healthy-cooking contest
Watch out, Gordon Ramsay and Paula Deen. Student teams from nine Los Angeles Unified schools whipped up their own creatively inspired meals Thursday in the district’s “Cooking Up Change” competition at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. LA Daily News

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