Pearson Is Everywhere: Dumped By LA School District

Pearson: Always Earning

Pearson: Always Earning

Welcome back to another edition of Pearson Is Everywhere!

Last time we looked at Pearson’s cozy relationship with the Gates Foundation.

Today, we look at LA Unifed School District’s decision to dump Pearson’s iPad software like a bad habit.

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) $1.3 billion dollar iPad saga continues.

Excerpts from Washington Post:

The Los Angeles Unified School District sent a letter to Apple Inc., this week saying that it will no longer pay for Pearson-created software installed on iPads purchased from Apple because it does not work. The District also said it wants a refund.

Southern California Public Radio reported that school district General Counsel David Holmquist sent a letter to Apple making the demands, saying, “While Apple and Pearson promised a state-of-the-art technological solution for ITI implementation, they have yet to deliver it.”  (You can read the full letter, obtained from the school district, below.)


Last December, the FBI seized 20 boxes of  district documents related to the iPad purchase that were sought in a federal grand jury subpoena related to the bidding process and to the winning bidders in the iPad program, the Los Angeles Times reported.  (Just a week after the boxes were taken by the FBI, the district’s school board last December approved $13 million in new funds to buy more iPads and other devices so students could take new Common Core-aligned standardized tests this year.)

Now it turns out, according to Holmuist’s letter, that most students were never able to properly use the Pearson content despite promises that problems would be fixed. The letter, dated April 13, says: “As we approach the end of the school year, the vast majority of students are still unable to access the Pearson curriculum on iPads.”

Reminder – this is not the first time Pearson has been accused of bidding improprieties.
See: Pearson Is Everywhere: New Mexico Bid-Rigging Lawsuit Is Still On


About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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4 Responses to Pearson Is Everywhere: Dumped By LA School District

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  3. brackenkaren says:

    Sorry for the typo. Libya (not Lybia)


  4. brackenkaren says:

    Pearson needs to be banned in EVERY state and from EVERY school. We can buy better products and books at much lower cost. Pearson is a UK based organization with a lot of funding from Lybia and other Muslim countries. Pearson is also rewriting the international test (PISA) to align with Common Core. They are promoting globalism and their goal is to change the beliefs, attitudes and values of our children from individualism to collectivism. In other words from freedom to slavery.


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