Wednesday, January 15, 2014

UNREPORTED IN LAUSD BOARD MTG COVERAGE: Apple DOES NOT permit Pearson to present iPad curriculum content to Board of Ed.

by smf

15 Jan 2014  ::  The media has a hard time covering multiple stories. Last night the Board of Ed:

  1.  OKed Deasy's controversial iPad Phase 2 – green lighting the purchase of up to 100,000 additional iPads
  2.  Voted to approve a plan to appoint a caretaker for Ms. LaMotte's vacant seat.
  3. Got the news that the Phase 2 LAUSD iPads would be the new IPad Air model at the same price as the previous model. The list price of the iPad Air is is the same as last year’s model was last year, the old model is actually $100 less in today's market. Negotiations continue between LAUSD and Apple for the price on iPads WITHOUT the Pearson content ....but seeing as the Board has already authorized purchase with specifying cost LAUSD is not exactly in an advantageous negotiating position.

The unreported #4 is the news  the Apple has again forbidden Pearson (an Apple subcontractor)  to present its complete Common Core System of Courses curriculum to the LAUSD Board  - even though the District is committed to purchase it – from Apple!

from the Twitterverse:

  Howard Blume@howardblume 1:30 PM - 14 Jan 14

  • L..A..Unified board member Ratliff arranged meeting to review iPad curriculum but Apple nixed it Ratliff says at board meeting.

    Howard Blume@howardblume 1:31 PM - 14 Jan 14

    She says Apple is willing to reschedule but it won't happen before today's scheduled vote on next phase of iPad purchases.

     Howard Blume@howardblume 1:32 PM - 14 Jan 14

    Ratliff also says the full curriculum for the iPads, developed by Pearson, has just been finished & approved by the state.

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