LAUSD Takes Back iPads From Students In Wake Of Hacking Reports

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Officials with the Los Angeles Unified school district have begun confiscating iPad tablet computers from students following reports of hacking and misuse of the devices, according to reports Tuesday.

District officials took the tablets from students at Westchester and Roosevelt high schools – and possibly other campuses – in the latest setback for a controversial $1 billion plan to distribute iPads to each of the nearly 650,000 students in the LAUSD.

The $700 devices were reportedly taken back by officials last Friday at both Roosevelt in Boyle Heights and Westchester, but one Roosevelt teacher claimed as many as one-third of the school’s 2,100 devices were still in students’ possession, according to the Los Angeles Times.

While district policy is to allow schools to determine if iPads can be used in the classroom, Roosevelt is currently not allowing the devices in the classroom, according to LAUSD spokeswoman Shannon Haber.

Last week, L.A. Unified administrators halted the use of the district’s iPads at students’ homes use until further notice after it was revealed that that students skirted security measures intended to prevent unlimited Internet access.

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