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Microsoft, Teachers’ Union Upset At School District For Buying iPads

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The L.A. Unified School District is under scrutiny for agreeing to purchase $30M in iPads for students.

The plan was approved Tuesday by the Board of Education, who are using funds from a 2008 voter-approved bond issue to upgrade school technology.

Before the vote, United Teachers Los Angeles President Warren Fletcher asked board members to delay their decision. The expenditure has struck a nerve with the teachers union who, after having undergone major layoffs and imposed furloughs, claim the funds would be better spent on rehiring staff members.

Even Apple’s competitor was on hand to criticize the move.

“Microsoft is disappointed to learn that the district staff is recommending that only Apple iPad devices be utilized in the pilot phase of the common core technology project,” said company spokesperson Robin Hinz.

Continue reading at CBS Los Angeles.

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