Gigaom

It’s not a good time for tablet programs in schools. Last month, Los Angeles schools learned that students had managed to hack into school-issued iPads (s AAPL) (which have since been taken away).  And now, Guilford County Schools in North Carolina have suspended a tablet program with News Corp.’s Amplify (s NWS) after reports of defects.

The district reportedly spent  $16.4 million of a $30 million Race to the Top grant to pay for the tablets and content. But according to the school district’s website, 10 percent of their 15,000 devices have been returned to Amplify because of broken screens.  About 2,000 cases have also been problematic and, in one instance, a student returned a defective charger, reporting that overheating cause the plastic to melt.

While the district said it expected a few glitches to accompany the rollout, school officials decided to pause the program out of…

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