by Michael Linder KABC NEWS/TalkRadio 790 | http://bit.ly/1dsnyFZ
As the LAUSD prepares to roll out its first batch of iPads to students in 47 schools — a new development. The school district now says kids will not be allowed to take those tablets home. KABC’s Michael Linder has the latest.
update :: AUG 30, 2013
Undated report [presumed Aug 29th] :: The Los Angeles Unified School District’s plan to equip each of its students with an iPad has hit a snag, families too poor to afford a broadband connection.
Steve Reneker who heads LA’s Information Technology Agency says its the about 30% of LAUSD students whose parents can’t afford a $40 a month or more broadband connection at home.
Reneker says, “They’re going to have a difficult time getting their school work done, let alone their parents being able to manage their student’s activities.”
The LAUSD is looking at $100 million a year in internet hook-up fees in student homes. Reneker says even if the Feds provide low-cost internet like libraries, the fees will still be substantial.
“LAUSD would still have to pick-up those costs, which for them is still about 1.5 million dollars a month to be able to have that broadband connection for those children that don’t have that in the at home”.