Apple to pay LA school district $4.2M for failed iPad plan

Apple is set to pay the Los Angeles Unified School District $4.2 million of a proposed $6.4 million settlement regarding a failed plan to provide the entire district with iPads, the Los Angeles Times reports. The remainder of the money will be made up by not paying for recently purchased Lenovo laptops. The district’s board of eduction will vote on the settlement next month, and if approved, it will bring about the end of the ill-fated partnership between Apple and the district. The original $1.3 billion program aimed to provide iPads to every student, teacher, and administrator in the district. But early problems were exacerbated by claims that Apple and subcontractor Pearson, which provided the curriculum, were given an advantage in the bidding process.
It was noted in April that the district sought restitution for the program’s failure. The scrutinized bidding process is still under FBI investigation. Apple couldn’t be reached for comment at the time of the report’s publication, but the article noted that “a district spokesman on Friday praised the work of all involved in the negotiations.”

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