Cobb County school board in Georgia, US, will take a vote today on whether to furnish 7,100 students and teachers with iBooks.
The vote will take place despite a final contract with Apple not being agreed on.
There had been an issue with Apple's liability protection offer, but this has been improved according to board attorney Glenn Brock, although "not enough", he says.
Board chairwoman Kathie Johnstone said: "This is a vote on the concept without a contract. We will take a separate, second vote on the contract. But this is so people are clear, one way or another, this is what we want to do."
If the board rejects the concept, pursuing the contract will be moot, writes Atlanta Journal-Constitution.