Los Angeles schools chief to seek halt to computers-for-all programme

Reuters is reporting that Los Angeles schools chief Ramon Cortines on Friday signalled he is ready to abandon a troubled plan to provide a computer to every student in the state…

Cortines said the district could not afford the programme, which aimed to provide iPads and computers to the district’s 640,000 students, along with teachers and many administrators.

“We are committed to providing technology to our children -whether it be desktop computer labs, laptops or tablets – to help prepare them for the 21st century,” Cortines said. “However, as we are reviewing our lessons learned, there must be a balanced approach to spending bond dollars to buy technology when there are so many brick and mortar and other critical facility needs that must be met.”

…The district’s purchase of about 109,000 iPads in the programme’s first phase drew criticism after students bypassed security systems to surf the Web freely. The bidding process also came under fire and is being investigated by the FBI…

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  1. Janet2

    Conflict of interest appears to be the issue here.  See Time magazine revealing close contact between John Deasy, then superintendent of LA School District, Apple and Pearson.  Apple was promoting itself as the ‘go-to vendor’ for tablets in US schools; Deasy had Apple stock although he ‘recused’ himself from the bidding process in LA.  However, an email in 2012 from Deasy to Pearson’s CEO suggests Deasy favoured a partnership with Apple.

    http://time.com/3514155/ipad-john-deasy-lausd-superintendent-resigns/

    A timeline surrounding the seizure of documents by the FBI is here:

    http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/12/02/48409/lausd-ipads-federal-agents-confiscate-documents-re/

  2. The fact that the teaching profession is so easily lured by unproven technology is another illustration of the general need for an evidence-based approach.
    Does anyone have any independent evidence that a ‘computers for all’ policy has reliably improved learning over an extended period?

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