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L.A. School District Seeks Refund from Apple and Pearson over iPad Debacle


Last August we posted a report titled "L.A. School District Suspends a Massive iPad Contract." The report was about the second largest school system in the U.S. cancelling a one billion dollar contract with Apple for iPads. Schools Supt. John Deasy suspended future use of a contract with Apple amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort. The suspension came days after it was revealed that the superintendent and his top deputy had especially close ties to executives of Apple and Pearson, the company that was providing the curriculum on the devices. The teachers union immediately called for an official investigation of the original contracting process. Today, the LA Times reports that the L.A. School District officially ditches their iPad Curriculum and seeks a refund from Apple.


According to the LA Times, The Los Angeles Unified School District is seeking to recoup millions of dollars from Apple over a problem-plagued curriculum that was provided with iPads intended to be given to every student, teacher and administrator.


To press its case, the Board of Education on Tuesday authorized its attorneys in a closed-door meeting to explore possible litigation against Apple and Pearson, the company that developed the curriculum as a subcontractor to Apple.


In a letter sent Monday to Apple, David Holmquist, general counsel for the nation's second-largest school system wrote that it "will not accept or compensate Apple for new deliveries of [Pearson] curriculum." Nor does the district want to pay for further services related to the Pearson product.


Holmquist added that "As you are aware, LAUSD is extremely dissatisfied with the work of Pearson. While Apple and Pearson promised a state-of-the-art technological solution ... they have yet to deliver it." According to the report, an FBI criminal investigation is still ongoing. For more details on this story, see the full LA Times report.


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