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Los Angeles district revises number of iPads it says it needs for testing

Los Angeles school district officials have sharply reduced the number of iPads they say are needed in 2014 to carry out new state standardized tests. The Los Angeles Times reports that the change adds up to a $25 million savings, but the change has raised more questions about the $1 billion effort to provide the devices to every student, teacher and administrator. Administrators had estimated they would need 67,480 more devices solely for the testing. Now, after the district presented an analysis that found only half as many iPads would be needed for 2014, a bond oversight committee has endorsed buying about 38,000 devices for testing.

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