15 Jan 2014 :: The media has a hard time covering multiple stories. Last night the Board of Ed:
- OKed Deasy's controversial iPad Phase 2 – green lighting the purchase of up to 100,000 additional iPads
- Voted to approve a plan to appoint a caretaker for Ms. LaMotte's vacant seat.
- 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:
@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.
@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.
@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.