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Pearson Settles With L.A. Over Curriculum Foul-Up

By Benjamin Herold — October 20, 2015 1 min read
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The Los Angeles school district announced last week that it has approved a $6.45 million settlement with the education publisher Pearson for reimbursement for “content and services delivered under [its] technology partnership” with the district.

The agreement stems from a digital curriculum designed by Pearson that was to come preloaded on Apple iPads, which former Superintendent John Deasy sought to provide to all students and staff members in the 641,000-student district.

Problems cropped up with the curriculum, which was purchased and rolled out in schools despite being far from complete. The initiative also ran into other issues, and the district’s procurement process is now the subject of an FBI investigation.

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A version of this article appeared in the October 21, 2015 edition of Education Week as Pearson Settles With L.A. Over Curriculum Foul-Up

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