The education that the kids are getting is EXACTLY what the parents asked for. As others have posted, the spending policies of CA school districts are dictated by the regional school boards and middle management. The teachers don't really get too much of a say on how the money is spent.
When you look at who is running these school boards and what policies they have for education, one would think a trained squirrel would come up with better plans. Millions in solar panels anyone (don't give me that shit about sustainability, they DONT HAVE THE FUCKING MONEY TO TAKE FROM THE CLASSROOM TO PAY FOR THIS!)? New pools at an existing school when a brand new one is built a mile or so away? Big screen TVs for the football field? And yet who shows up for school board meetings? Certainly not 99% of the parents who vote the school board clowns in. No, all that attend are either companies who want to extract money from taxpayer's pockets or the sycophants who applaud the clown school board directors like trained seals. And yet when these school board clowns dare show their face for school functions and for election campaigns, the people who actually show up for these events applaud them like trained seals; there is no correlation between idiotic school spending policies and the election of the people who implement them.
So should there be any surprise we get idiotic iPad giveaways such as this?