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.
— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) April 16, 2015
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