/// Apple Wins $30 Million iPad Contract From L.A. Unified School District
Here’s one school district that won’t be availing itself of Microsoft’s “ Surface for education limited-time offer “: L.A. Unified. On Tuesday evening, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) awarded Apple a $30 million contract to provide its students with iPads. The deal, which was approved in a 6-0 vote by the district’s school board, will see Apple supplying about 35,000 iPads to 47 LAUSD schools at a cost of about $678 per device. That’s higher than retail, but I’m told the devices are to be preloaded with an assortment of educational software prior to distribution — an additional expense. The deal is a huge win for Apple. LAUSD is the nation’s second-largest school system, and its decision to award this contract to Apple, and Apple alone, is a hell of an endorsement — one that other school districts are certain to consider while mulling their own tablet deployments. Beyond that, it’s further testament to the mind share iPad is gaining in education, and the speed with which it is gaining it.