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Last week, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) reached a settlement with Apple and Lenovo over a conflict involving software from curriculum provider Pearson. Although the conflict involves Pearson and LAUSD primarily, the curriculum provider was a subcontractor under Apple and Lenovo, so the settlement is between the hardware companies and LAUSD, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Apple has agreed to pay LAUSD $4.2 million for the Pearson curriculum, and Lenovo, which also charged the school district for Pearson curriculum, will give the school district $2.2 million in credit for its purchase of laptops.
Last year, LAUSD halted the $1.3 billion project to give every student in the massive district an iPad loaded with Pearson’s educational material. The about-face was announced after the Los Angeles Times reported that there had been improprieties in the bidding process for the contract with the school district. In December, the FBI opened an investigation into the iPad program and seized 20 boxes of documents from the LAUSD, just as the school district’s superintendent resigned. Four months later, LAUSD said it would no longer accept shipments of Pearson’s curriculum, and it added that it wanted a “multi-million dollar refund” for copies of Pearson’s software that had already been delivered.
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