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Always Crashing in the Same Car – The Myth of Innovation by Procurement

Two years ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) began implementing a $1.3 billion plan to put an Apple iPad, preloaded with curriculum from Pearson, into the hands of every student . “This is going to level the playing field as far as what schools are doing throughout the district,” claimed Cynthia Williams, principal of a district school . Others were critical of the plan from the start. Issues included the price per iPad ($678 USD, more than in stores), the fact that Pearson’s curriculum software would not be completed before delivery and the district’s repeated preference for investment in technology rather than teachers . Problems began to materialize before a single iPad was delivered. Shortly after the original contract was signed, Apple unveiled a new iPad model . Superintent John Deasy, the project’s champion, diffused this situation by negotiating a change to the contract. Technical issues also began […]