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L.A. Reaches Tentative Pact on Troubled Digital Plan

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The superintendent of the Los Angeles schools says the district has reached a tentative $6.4 million settlement with two major technology providers, stemming from the system's ambitious but problem-plagued 1-to-1 digital rollout.

Apple, which provided thousands of iPads for the project, would pay $4.2 million under the proposed deal, schools chief Ramon C. Cortines told school board members in a memo this month. Lenovo, meanwhile, would chip in $2.2 million in the form of a credit, local media reported.

The district's effort to put a device in the hands of every student and educator represented one of the biggest ed-tech projects in the nation's history. But almost from its inception, trouble swirled around the massive effort, which was expected to carry a $1 billion price tag.

Vol. 35, Issue 07, Page 4

Published in Print: October 7, 2015, as L.A. Reaches Tentative Pact on Troubled Digital Plan
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