L.A. schools to distribute iPads worth $30 million to students

Washington, June 20 (ANI): The school system of Los Angeles' has reportedly decided to provide each of its student an Apple iPad as a replacement for textbooks.

The Los Angeles Board of Education has approved the order of 30 million dollars worth iPads as the first part of its multi-year commitment, CBS News reports.

According to the report, Apple has received an initial order of 31,000 iPads, for the Los Angeles Unified School District consisting of more than 6,40,000 students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Biographer Walter Issacson said that changing the textbook market was a pet project of the Apple founder later Steve Jobs who had wanted to circumvent the state certification process for textbook sales by having Apple release textbooks for free on the tablet computer.

The report said that the textbooks to LA students will be delivered through an app by major publisher Pearson and not via Apple's iBooks.

Apple said that after the rollout of the entire order is completed, Los Angeles will become the largest school district in the nation to have provided each student with an iPad, the report added. (ANI)