Bitter Apple: Los Angeles Faculties Need Refund For Failed iPad Program

The Los Angeles Unified Faculty District needs Apple to refund hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on an iPad-curriculum undertaking that has been plagued with main issues from the beginning.

The district’s Board of Schooling is "explor[ing] potential litigation towards Apple and Pearson, the corporate that developed the curriculum," the Los Angeles Occasions, which broke the story, reported late Wednesday.

The $1.three billion schooling initiative launched in 2013 was meant to offer each LAUSD scholar and instructor with iPads outfitted with Pearson curriculum software program. Points cropped up instantly after the rollout, together with reported issues with the software program that led to frustration for academics and college students alike, and college students simply skirting safety filters on the iPads.

In December 2014, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided LAUSD workplaces as a part of an ongoing investigation into whether or not the then-superintendent of LAUSD unfairly favored Apple and Pearson within the bidding course of for the challenge. LAUSD formally shelved the iPad program shortly afterward.

In a letter despatched to Apple this week, in line with the Los Angeles Occasions, an lawyer for LAUSD wrote: "Whereas Apple and Pearson promised a state-of-the-artwork technological answer … they’ve but to ship it."

Pearson spokeswoman Stacy Skelly replied in a press release emailed to NBC Information:

Pearson is pleased with our lengthy historical past working with LAUSD and our vital funding on this groundbreaking initiative to rework educational practices and lift expectations for all college students. This was a big-scale implementation of latest applied sciences and there have been challenges with the preliminary adoption, however we stand by the standard of our efficiency.

Apple didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark.

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— Julianne Pepitone

First revealed April sixteen 2015, eight:17 AM