Los Angeles schools halt iPad deal amid criticism

Aug 27, 2014 by

Faced with criticism about the planning and rollout of a $1 billion effort by the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide iPads to all students, Superintendent John Deasy has suspended future use of a contract with Apple Inc.

The move follows disclosures that Deasy and his top deputy had close contact with executives at Apple, which makes the iPad, and Pearson Education, the company providing the curriculum on the tablets, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

In addition, an internal district report found that the implementation of the iPad plan was beset by a flawed bidding process.

In a memo sent Monday to the Board of Education, Deasy announced the nation’s second-largest school district “will no longer utilize” the current contract with Apple.

“Not only will this decision enable us to take advantage of an ever-changing marketplace and technology advances, it will also give us time to take into account concerns raised” surrounding the project, he wrote.

via Los Angeles schools halt iPad deal amid criticism – SFGate.

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