LA school board OKs $30 million for Apple iPads

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A young girl holds an Apple iPad on display at Regent Street's Apple store on May 28, 2010 in London, England. The L.A. school board just approved a contract for $30 million to purchase the devices for its students.

The Los Angeles Board of Education has voted unanimously to approve the purchase of $30 million worth of iPads.

Under a contract approved Tuesday, Apple will provide every student with a tablet computer in the nation's second-largest school system, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The vote came after senior staff praised Apple's product as both the best in quality and the least expensive option that met the district's specifications.

The newspaper says the district is paying $678 per device — more than consumers pay in stores. But the machines will be pre-loaded with educational software. The tablets come with a three-year warranty.

The iPad will be rolled out at 47 campuses.

Superintendent John Deasy stepped out during the vote because he said he owns a small amount of stock in Apple.

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