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[Susan notes: I think what bothers me more than anything is that all signals indicate that Los Angeles plans to use iPads the way they use everything else--with no regard to student interest and ingenuity. Without a transformative plan, these things are dead in the water.]

Published in Los Angeles Times

To the editor

Re iPad plan doesn't compute, Editorial, Sept. 27:

In addition to the concerns cited in your editorial regarding the Los Angeles Unified School District's attempt to provide an expensive iPad to every student, there's one other inevitable, insurmountable problem that the district apparently overlooked: obsolescence. Improvements in computer technology occur at breakneck speed; what's leading-edge today is tomorrow's doorstop.

Who's going to pay to replace the iPads that do survive for more than a few years? The same folks who ponied up the first billion -- the taxpayers.

R. Douglas Collins

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