Apple lands $30M iPad contract with L.A. schools despite pushback

iPad_HandHero_PRINTAs Microsoft continues to try and get Surface tablets in the hands of educators and students, Apple has just landed a contract with the second-largest public school system in the country.

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education approved a $30 million contract with Apple Wednesday night. Under the terms of the contract, Apple will provide iPads priced at $678 and pre-loaded with educational software to its schools as a part of a pilot program. If the program is successful, the district would move towards acquiring iPads for all of its enrolled students in the next few years.

According to the LA Times, Robyn Hines, a Senior Director of State Government Affairs at Microsoft, said at the meeting that the board should consider other tablets as a part of the pilot program, noting Microsoft’s market share among businesses, and the potential for the district to miss innovations from other products.

That argument didn’t sway the board, which voted 6-0 in favor of the contract.

  • Guest

    Wow. Los Angeles is spending triple the prevailing rate on ‘blets for its public schools? I just hope Governor Schwarzenegger, or whoever’s in charge of that clown show today, won’t be hitting D.C. up for a bailout when California goes broke next year.

  • guest

    Anyone besides MS senior management or PR hacks still questioning if we’re in the post-PC era?

  • thejory

    I agree with Robyn Hines, they are going to end up shooting themselves, and the kids, in the foot by not allowing a variety of tablets. Apple is a closed programming environment, and should NOT be exclusively used by the district.

    • guest

      Apple is very strong, particularly in EDU, particularly in California. I’m sure Google and MS competed for the business. It was their job to make those arguments and point out their benefits. Clearly they failed to do in a way the district found more compelling.