I think Google's Chromebooks are in trouble in the long-run as Microsoft is really starting to push their super-low-cost laptops, but that hasn't bothered New York and they just approved the use of Chromebooks in their schools. This is a huge win for Google (and Chromebook manufacturers) as this space was formerly used by Apple and Microsoft. That being said, with the competition dropping their prices, I still think Chrome will not live a long and happy life.
Over the last year, we saw more and more schools using Google Apps for Education. After evaluating it centrally we decided to add Google Apps to our list of approved and supported tools for NYC schools this year. A number of factors drove this decision. First, a number of schools were already using Google Apps for Education. Second, since Google Apps doesn’t require special technical skills, schools were able to customize the tools to meet their specific needs.