LOS ANGELES — Faced with criticism about the planning and rollout of a $1 billion effort by the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide iPads to all students, Superintendent John Deasy on Tuesday suspended future use of a contract with Apple Inc.
The move follows disclosures that Deasy and his top deputy had close contact with executives at Apple, which makes the iPad, and Pearson Education, the company providing the curriculum on the tablets, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
In addition, an internal district report found that the implementation of the iPad plan was beset by a flawed bidding process.
Deasy announced Tuesday that he ordered the district to request new proposals for “personal computing devices” for future phases of the technology program.
However, Deasy said he expected Apple and Pearson Education to participate in the proposal process.
“We remain committed to providing students devices that support their access to a world of learning and discovery so they are better prepared to graduate college and career ready,” Deasy said in a statement.