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The iPad Goes to School

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I'm even more worried about the iPads in Los Angeles being loaded with Pearson Educational Group software than by the presence of the iPads. It's the same old skills garbage --and a total waste of money. Selective iPad use could bring a dynamism to a morbid school curriculum, but for this you don't need one for every kid all day long. In fact, you shouldn't have one for every kid all day long.

by George Buzzetti

This is a recent article with base numbers in it. As usual no one gives the division which is the per unit cost. Now look at that that division means in per unit cost and see if this makes any sense to you.

First read the Lockyear Attorney General Opinion on what you can spend school construction bonds on written in 2004. Go to page 2, item A in italics and read what it says.

On November 8, 2000, California voters approved Proposition 39, which amended the Constitution to allow the issuance of bonds for the construction of school facilities if approved by 55 percent of a school district's voters and if specified conditions are met.1 Among other things, subdivision (b)(3) was added to section 1 of article XIIIA of the Constitution, providing that the one percent property tax limitation does not apply to: "Bonded indebtedness incurred by a school district, community college district, or county office of education for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and
equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities, approved by 55 percent of the voters of the district or county, as appropriate, voting on the proposition on or after the effective date of the measure adding this paragraph. This paragraph shall apply only if the proposition approved by the voters and resulting in the bonded indebtedness includes all of the following accountability requirements:

"(A) A requirement that the proceeds from the sale of the bonds be used only for the purposes specified in Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3), and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other
school operating expenses.

"(B) A list of the specific school facilities projects to be funded and certification that the school district board, community college board, or county office of education has evaluated safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs in developing that list.

"(C) A requirement that the school district board, community college board, or county office of education conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the funds have been expended only on the specific projects listed.

"(D) A requirement that the school district board, community college board, or county office of education conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the proceeds from the sale of the bonds until all of those proceeds have been expended for the school facilities projects.â (Italics added.)

1 Normally, approval of a school district's bonded indebtedness would require a two-thirds approval vote of a district's voters. (See Cal. Const., art. XIIIA, § 1, subd. (b)(2), art. XVI, § 18, subd. (a).)

No school construction bond money for any item that is general fund by definition. Go read Blacks Law Dictionary, I have two. iPads, by definition and by contract, replace textbooks and therefore not one penny can be spent on them or teachers legally. This is not difficult reading.

The Financial Analysis is taken from the story in Bloomberg BusinessWeek (see below). All the basic numbers are taken from this article and line up with approvals by both the so-called Citizens Bond Oversight Committee and the LAUSD Board of Education. This is real. No reporter has yet to do their real job as protected by the U.S. Constitution and is the only industry so recognized as a result of the press being paramount to a free society. This no longer exists since Bill Clinton signed the 1996 Telecommunications Act which wiped out the "Free Press" as we knew it previously.


This a financial analysis of the quoted financial data on iPads and Apple as published in Bloomberg BusinessWeek in the article "The iPad goes to School."

First- $50,000,000/30,000=$1,666.66 each not $678.00 as later quoted.

Second-10,000,000 iPads in schools in the U.S. X $599 = $389,000,000

10,000,000 X $770=$500,500,000
10,000,000 X $1,598 = $1,038,700,000
Amount approved by the LAUSD Citizens Oversight Committee
10,000,000 X $2,355 = $1,530,750,000
Amount approved by the LAUSD Citizens Oversight Committee

Apple will sell 78,000,000 iPads this year

Apple sold 10,000,000 iPads to students in 2013

10,000,000 X $599 = $5,990,000,000
10,000,000 X $770 = $7,770,000,000
10,000,000 X $1,598 = $15,980,000,000
10,000,000 X $2,355 = $23,550,000,000

50,000,000 K-12 students in the U.S. X $1,598 = $79,900,000,000

The industry states that education is a $167,000,000,000 market, what do they have in mind for the difference of more than ½ to steal also? If you do not run the numbers you know nothing.

They give the base numbers just not the division to individual units and that is how you know what it costs to compare.

The iPad Goes to School
Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Oct. 24, 2013
by Devin Leonard

n September, the Los Angeles Unified School District began carrying out a $50 million plan to equip 30,000 students in 47 schools from kindergarten through 12th grade with an iPad. Giving kids iPads sounds like installing candy machines on every desk, or worse, Xboxes. The educators naturally disagree. They spent $678 per iPad, loading them up with software from the Pearson (PSO) educational group and locking them down so that students couldnât wander around the Internet unchaperoned.

It took only a few days for students at Westchester High School, in southwestern Los Angeles, to bypass the filtering software so they could update their Facebook (FB) pages and stream music from Pandora (P). "It was predictable that people were going to find a way," says Dominique Daniels, a 16-year-old at Westchester. "It wasn't that hard."

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) treated the security breach as a crisis. At Westchester High and two other schools where students managed to liberate their iPads, it ordered that all tablets be returned. In a confidential memo intercepted by the Los Angeles Times, LAUSD Police Chief Steven Zipperman warned of a larger student hackathon and suggested the district was moving too quickly. "I'm guessing this is just a sample of what will likely occur on other campuses once this hits Twitter, YouTube, or other social media sites explaining to our students how to breach or compromise the security of these devices," wrote Zipperman. "I want to prevent a runaway train scenario when we may have the ability to put a hold on the rollout."

Josh Hoover, a 16-year-old at Westchester High, misses his iPad and is still puzzled by the fuss. Standing outside the school in early October, he said he sympathizes with his industrious peers. "They should let us use Facebook," Hoover said. "There's nothing to do on it besides academics. They just want it to be a big old book.â

The fiasco in Los Angeles confirms many peopleâs fears about the proliferation of devices in classrooms. "If the object was to allow kids to have a free iPad to go to Facebook and to engage in social media, that has been accomplished," says Diane Ravitch, author of Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to Americaâs Public Schools. "But what it has to do with better learning, I don't know." Ravitch isn't the only person uncomfortable with the rise of the edu-tablet. "I just see a mad rush from a lot of districts right now just to say, 'We bought iPads. Now what?'" says Michael Horn, executive director of the Clayton Christensen Institute's education program. "That worries me."

Critics contend that the adoption of tablets in public schools is being driven by the technology industry's needs, not the students'. Apple (AAPL) declined to comment for this story, but in June the company said there were 10 million iPads in schools across the country. That's not a huge amount for Apple, which is expected to sell 78 million tablets this year, but it isn't insignificant. Gene Munster, senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, a Minneapolis-based investment bank, estimates that educational iPads generated $436 million for the company in this year's second quarter, or 1.2 percent of the company's total revenue. These sales are likely to grow significantly if Apple can consummate more deals like the one with the LAUSD, which originally hoped to put tablets in the hands of all 650,000 of its students by next year. "It's difficult to model," Munster says, âbut 50 million K-12 students is a real market."

Apple isn't the only company eyeing this segment. News Corp.'s (NWS) Amplify division, headed by former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, is marketing an educational tablet with a function that alerts students with an "eyes on teacher" command when their attention wanders; it will soon come preloaded with curriculum software featuring readings of famous texts such as The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by noted thespians. In May, Amplify won an estimated $14 million contract to furnish 17,000 middle school students in Guilford County, N.C., with its devices. "We're really looking at this through the prism of a school, not taking a consumer device and saying, 'Here are some educational apps,'" Klein says, thumbing his nose at Apple. Fuhu, a company that makes a damage-resistant tablet for kids called the Nabi, has seen 42,148 percent growth over three years without a single school contract. There's even a Nick Jr. edition.

— Devin Leonard, with research by George Buzzetti
Bloomberg BusinessWeek


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