Internal emails show LA school officials started iPad talks with software supplier a year before bids

Annie Gilbertson, D-Lib Magazine, Aug 30, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is why people don't trust the good intentions of corporations. As Audrey Watters summarizes: "several LA news organizations obtained and published emails between LAUSD, Apple, and Pearson officials. The emails reveal that Superintendent John Deasy began meeting with these companies to discuss the hardware/curriculum purchase almost a year before the multimillion dollar contract went out to bid. The district agreed last year to purchase 700,000 iPads — one for every student in the district. The devices would come pre-loaded with curriculum created by Pearson. The expected cost of this project, including upgrades to the district’s WiFi: over $1 billion." The deal has since been cancelled - which makes it, I think, the exception rather than the rule.

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