A couple of months ago, it was announced by the LA School District that they would be halting plans to rollout iPads to their students, and if you were wondering if that plan could be seeing a revival in the near future, you might be disappointed. According to a report from the LA Times, it seems that the LA School District superintendent, John Deasy, has since suspended their contract with Apple.
It seems that there have been many criticisms leveled at the project, with some claiming that the bidding process had ended up favoring the companies involved in it, such as Apple who would be providing the hardware, and Pearson who would be providing the educational software that would come preinstalled on the tablets.
According to the LA Times, “Among the findings was that the initial rules for winning the contract appeared to be tailored to the products of the eventual winners — Apple and Pearson — rather than to demonstrated district needs.” Now while the iPad project might have been halted, the district still has plans for other pieces of technology.
Earlier we had reported that instead of iPads, the LA School District had begun eyeing other devices like laptops and hybrid computers instead. It seems that plan will continue to move ahead, but in the meantime it looks like Apple just lost out on a pretty big deal.