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Probe Into iPad Buy in Los Angeles Dropped

By Michele Molnar — February 28, 2017 1 min read

A two-year federal probe into the Los Angeles school district’s controversial multimillion-dollar plan to buy iPads for all students has ended without any charges being filed, the district announced last week.

The U.S. attorney’s office dropped the investigation into the district’s purchase of Apple’s iPads loaded with a Pearson curriculum, according to the announcement. It did not elaborate in the statement.

The quiet ending came in sharp contrast to years of tumult over the issue, which raised procurement questions about top district officials’ communications with Apple and Pearson before the contract was awarded. Questions also centered on implementation issues in classrooms—from security breaches to lack of teacher training—the purchase of an incomplete curriculum from Pearson, and the use of bond funds to pay for technology.

A version of this article appeared in the March 01, 2017 edition of Education Week as Probe Into iPad Buy in Los Angeles Dropped

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