$1.3 billion L.A. Schools’ iPad dream ends after FBI investigation

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The dream to give ever student in the L.A. schools district an iPad has officially come to an end. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
The dream to give ever student in the L.A. schools district an iPad has officially come to an end. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

The Los Angeles school board has officially shelved the $1.3 billion contract that would have provided iPads to every student, teacher and campus administrator in the district.

The deal first stalled back in July, after which it was reported that former Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent John Deasy and his then-chief deputy, Jaime Aquino, had been unlawfully discussing the deal with Apple up to two years before the bidding process was finished and contracts were approved.

This Monday, a federal grand jury subpoena resulted in 20 boxes of documents being seized by the FBI for further investigation. These boxes include reports, contracts, agreements, consent forms, meeting minutes and notes, and more.

Deasy, who resigned under pressure in October, has claimed not to be involved in any wrongdoing. There were previously calls for him to report to “teacher jail” while under investigation, although these demands went nowhere.

In an extra-bitter pill to swallow, there is now a chance the schools could wind up with Chromebooks instead.

This is why we can’t have nice things!