Los Angeles Unified School District Demands Refund From Apple Over Scrapped iPad

Wednesday May 6, 2015


Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has made it clear that they won’t be spending another penny on the Pearson software installed in iPads. Apart from that, LAUSD has also demanded a refund that amounts to multi-millions of dollars. If Apple Inc. does not agree to that, LAUSD, the second-largest school district in USA, can take the tech giant to court.

David Holmquist, the school district's attorney, mentioned in a letter to Apple's general counsel that Apple and Pearson had promised a state-of-the-art technological solution for ITI implementation, but have failed miserably in implementing it and that most students are not able to access the Pearson curriculum in their iPads. Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) is the name given by LAUSD for its iPad program.

The first phase of ITI implementation was carried out by LAUSD in 2013, known as “iPad-for-all.” They had entered in to a $30 million contract with Apple Inc. to provide iPads to 47 school campuses. ITI was also planning to kick start a $1.3 billion project, with an initiative of providing similar technology to 640,000 students.

However, the school district had to discontinue the initiative in December due to various issues including mismanagement and unethical funding plans by former school superintendent John Deasy. According to the critics, Apple and Pearson had an unjust advantage from the contract. As a result, John Deasy resigned in October 2014.

Apart from the administration part, the software faced problems in terms of academics as well. Teachers were finding it difficult to implement iPads into the existing curriculum. Also, there was a security breach due to which the students could gain access to school imposed content filters. The program was opened to other platforms such as Google’s Chrome book and Microsoft’s surface last year by the administrators.



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