LA schools begin providing iPads to students

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The nation's second-largest school district has begun providing iPads to its students.

The Los Angeles Times says two elementary schools in Carson and Hawthorne got the tablets on Tuesday. It's part of a $1 billion effort by the Los Angeles Unified School District to put iPads into the hands of 650,000 students over the next year.

The district is paying $678 per iPad but they come pre-loaded with educational software. The students will be permitted to take them home.

School construction bonds are paying for the program.

Officials and parents say they hope the iPads will boost achievement and help put low-income students on an even footing with wealthier ones.

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