L.A. school district Halts iPad Contract
The LA times has reported that the L.A. School District's plan to equip all students with $500 million worth iPads and software has officially ended, as FBI seizes documents because of clouds of suspicion over the contract.
Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines, in charge for the matter stated that he would terminate the original contract following a raid on district offices by the FBI. In the raid, the officials seized 20 boxes of documents related to the issue.
Cortines in a statement said, "The L.A. Unified School District will offer its full cooperation to federal authorities during the course of the investigation".
Cortines stated that he intends to restart procurement for 27 schools that will receive devices at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year.
Ties between then-superintendent John Deasy and Pearson and Apple executives were revealed. This was soon followed up by the calling off of this project which originally used Apple's tablets and Pearson educational software exclusively was called off.
Deasy had described the Common Core Technology Project as a civil rights initiative to help the district's mostly disadvantaged students, but it seems as if this thing became a political liability for him.
An internal school board investigation revealed that the top district officials had possibly been a bit too close to Pearson and Apple. It was found out that one of the board executive had worked for a Pearson company less than a year before joining the district. Also, Deasy has admitted of visiting the Apple store multiple times and even met Tim Cook in 2011.
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