BECKLEY, W.Va. — In August 2013, Raleigh County officials launched the “iRaleigh Initiative,” delivering 9,030 iPad2s and 1,120 iPad Minis to each elementary, middle and high school campus, at a cost of $135 per student.
The project cost $12 million to implement and $7.2 million in annual payments from 2013 to 2017.
The LAUSD iPads came loaded with curriculum from the world’s largest curriculum provider, Pearson, a London-based publishing and education company. Pearson served as an Apple subcontractor as part of the agreement.
Both 1:1 initiatives were met with skepticism by parents, teachers and other community members in the respective districts.
LAUSD was in the national spotlight, tentatively regarded as the first technology-based classroom district in America. Those in education and technological circles have watched to see how the technology-education merger would fare.
Southern California Public Radio reported Thursday that LAUSD officials are seeking reimbursements from Apple and Pearson on the millions they’d already spent on the iPad initiative. According to the report, only a few pieces of the Pearson curriculum were available when the iPads were deployed.
The federal Securities and Exchange Commission had also opened an informal inquiry into whether Los Angeles officials followed legal guidelines when using school bond monies for the iPads, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation had launched an investigation into whether Pearson or Apple had had an unfair advantage in the bidding process.
In Raleigh County on Friday, Assistant Schools Superintendent Kenneth Moles said that the 1:1 initiative in district schools is progressing much more smoothly than the failed LAUSD measure…