LA Schools Want Refund on iPad/Curriculum Purchase

Posted on LATimes.com:

L.A. school district demands iPad refund from Apple

By Howard Blume
April 16, 2015

The Los Angeles Unified School District is seeking to recoup millions of dollars from technology giant Apple over a problem-plagued curriculum that was provided with iPads intended to be given to every student, teacher and administrator.

To press its case, the Board of Education on Tuesday authorized its attorneys in a closed-door meeting to explore possible litigation against Apple and Pearson, the company that developed the curriculum as a subcontractor to Apple.

L.A. schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines “made the decision that he wanted to put them on notice, Pearson in particular, that he’s dissatisfied with their product,” said David Holmquist, general counsel for the nation’s second-largest school system. He said millions of dollars could be at stake.

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Posted on AmericanPrinciplesProject.org:

Pearson Using Personal Data to Spy on Students Online — Jane Robbins OpEd

March 17, 2015 | americanprinciplesproject

The student-privacy blogosphere has been atwitter (so to speak) over recent revelations that students’ social media posts have been monitored in connection with the Common Core-aligned PARCC test.

Originally, a local school superintendent in New Jersey was quoted as saying that mega-publisher Pearson, which has the contract to administer the PARCC test, reported to the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) a student’s after-school tweet concerning one of the test questions. It has subsequently come to light that the Web monitoring was accomplished by a security company called Caveon Test Security.

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