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September 02, 2014

iPad Scandal Grows in L.A. Raising Leadership Questions

The story of how the Los Angeles Unified School District contracted for iPads and software with Apple and Pearson is not going away. Calls for investigation continue along with public questions about whether Superintendent John Deasy can, or should, survive this issue and others. But the important issue is not the contract; it's the strategy behind it.

August 29, 2014

L.A. District's Contract With Apple, Pearson Criticized in Report

An internal review says the Los Angeles Unifed school system's bidding process for a $1 billion tech project may have given an advantage to certain vendors.

August 29, 2014

L.A. School iPad Deal With Apple, Pearson Critiqued in Board Report

Perceived conflicts of interest, possible manipulation in the bidding process, and questions about Pearson's curriculum are addressed in a review of the L.A. school system's iPad purchase.

August 27, 2014

Contracting Not an Easy Answer, as Los Angeles iPad Venture Shows

After disclosures of possible improprieties in the negotiation and letting of contracts, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy has halted purchases of Apple iPads under a $30-million contract that was to be the first round of a $1-billion program. Now that the district has hit the reset button on the troubled program, it's time to learn from experience. The real lesson here isn't about iPads; it's about managing through contract.

August 26, 2014

L.A. Schools Chief Halts Massive iPad Contract Amid Questions

Schools Superintendent John Deasy said the district will launch a new bidding process and "no longer utilize our current contract" with Apple.

August 06, 2014

Los Angeles Superintendent Challenges Leaders to Drive Down Dropout Rate

Superintendent John Deasy issues a personal appeal to district leaders to keep tabs on one struggling student at risk of dropping out.

May 14, 2014

Summer of Learning Program Launched in L.A.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and school superintendent John Deasy officially launched an innovative summer program including digital badges.

December 11, 2013

L.A. School Board Weighs Slowing Ambitious iPad Program

The Los Angeles Board of Education is set to vote on a proposal that would delay elements of the country's largest 1-to-1 student computing initiative.

October 29, 2013

John Deasy to Stay in L.A. After Board Renews Contract

The school board vote ends five days of speculation that the superintendent would resign or be forced to leave.

October 29, 2013

Los Angeles Unified's Leadership: A Trip Down Memory Lane

Since 2000, the district has had four superintendents. Only former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer lasted longer than three years.

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