Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Deasy’s ill-fated commitment to buy an iPad for every student and staff member (he called the program a civil rights issue) loaded with Pearson software for $1.3 billion is finished.
The district is canceling the program and demanding a multi-million dollar refund.
“Los Angeles Unified told Apple Inc. this week that it will not spend another dollar on the Pearson software installed on its iPads and is seeking a multimillion-dollar refund from the technology giant.
“If an agreement cannot be reached, the nation’s second-largest school district could take Apple to court.
“While Apple and Pearson promised a state-of-the-art technological solution for ITI implementation, they have yet to deliver it,” David Holmquist, the school district’s attorney, wrote in a letter to Apple’s general counsel. The ITI, or Instructional Technology Initiative, is the district’s name for its iPad program.
“Holmquist said the district is “extremely dissatisfied” with the work of…
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