LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Only a minority of Los Angeles Unified School  District teachers strongly favors proceeding with the $1 billion iPad program,  it was reported today.

In an effort to determine how the iPad rollout is going and how to  improve it, a Board of Education member and employee unions conducted surveys  of teachers and administrators, the Los Angeles Times reported. Their anonymous  responses: Just 36 percent of teachers strongly favored continuing the effort;  90 percent of administrators felt the same.

Few question the goal of supplying and properly using up-to-date  technology. Schools Superintendent John Deasy has pushed hard for the tablets,  calling it a civil rights imperative to give all students access to technology  used by the more affluent.

But problems plagued the project from the start. When the first group of  campuses received the tablets this fall, more than 300 students at three high  schools almost immediately removed security filters so they could freely browse  the Internet. All of the students at these schools had to surrender the  tablets.

Questions also quickly arose about whether parents are responsible if  the devices are lost or stolen. The price of the tablets - $768 apiece - and  the curriculum licensing fees also became issues.

The Board of Education held a special meeting to discuss these and other  issues and ultimately slowed the rollout, which began at 47 campuses. The  plan now is to add 38 schools by the end of the academic year, and then finish  the distribution, after an evaluation, within the next three years, The Times  reported.

Robert J. Moreau, a computer animation teacher who struggled for grants  to set up a lab, would have been expected to be among the first to applaud the  program. But he's not, The Times reported.

``It's outrageous, appalling, that we are buying these toys when we  don't have adequate personnel to clean, to supervise," the Roosevelt High  School instructor told the newspaper. ``Classrooms are overcrowded, and my room  has not been swept or mopped in years except by me and the students.... It  would be great if the basics were met. I can't get past that."