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iPad scandal latest in long line for L.A. Unified — but different

The abrupt decision Monday by Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy to suspend the district’s $1 billion iPad program after reports that he manipulated the decision that led to Apple winning the big contract is hugely juicy. The program already

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LAUSD system does not compute

You’d think a state that’s still by far the center of the global computer industry could produce government computer systems that work right. They don’t. From the Daily News: Ditching Los Angeles Unified’s new computer system, school counselors in the

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LAUSD sends ‘rubber room’ teachers home

The Los Angeles Unified School District has decided to end one of its most controversial practices. Instead of putting a damper on criticism, however, the move could intensify it. Starting today, teachers under investigation will not be sent to detention

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Revolt against ‘dog food’ school lunches went far beyond LAUSD

As I have pointed out repeatedly as a blogger and journo, Nanny Staters are bafflingly confident that people like being bullied into living their lives in a way that Nanny Staters approve. That’s why one of my favorite stories in

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iPads in LAUSD just small part of CA school bond scandals

The GOP assemblyman who’s upset about the misuse of 25-year borrowing to pay for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of  iPads in Los Angeles Unified has an unfortunately narrow perspective on the problem. But at least Assemblyman Curt Hagman,

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Second-largest CA school district pays teachers for not teaching

Even as Gov. Jerry Brown continues to pursue his back-to-the-past education policies — de-emphasizing testing and metrics, and pushing local control — we're seeing fresh reminders that the state of California and the federal government really don't have the control

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Who pays for LAUSD’s broken or stolen iPads?

I’ve written a couple of things on the Los Angeles Unified School District’s gift of iPads to its students. In July, I predicted the kids would “jailbreak” the iPads. They did. Remember, these iPads are costing taxpayers $1 billion. That’s

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LAUSD kids ‘jailbreak’ iPads

When the Los Angeles Unified School District announced it was giving iPads to its students back in July, I predicted: “The iPads themselves might allow the kids to break out of the system and find Web sites that teach something

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LAUSD’s iPad gimmick

Back in 1972-73, my senior year, I took a humanities class from a great teacher at Wayne Memorial High School, my public school in Wayne, Mich. An Italian immigrant whose family had suffered under Mussolini’s fascists, he instilled in me

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L.A. Times: 30-year borrowing to buy short-lived iPads? Ho hum. 2

June 19, 2013 By Chris Reed All over California, school districts are doing illogical, unethical, unseemly things with their finances. Unconstitutional attempts to make parents pay for basic educational materials. Siphoning funds from federal school lunch programs for the operating

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