LAUSD offers reminder of pervasiveness of government incompetence

LAUSD offers reminder of pervasiveness of government incompetence

daycia_ipadAs John Seiler noted, it was completely predictable that students in L.A. Unified would figure out how to get around restrictions on their taxpayer-provided iPads. But another point that needs to be made is the sheer stinking stupidity of a large organization going on a huge spending spree without figuring out the basics. Take it away, L.A. Times:

“Another issue in the Los Angeles Unified School District‘s $1-billion effort to equip every student with an iPad surfaced Wednesday: Are parents liable if their child breaks or loses the tablet? ….

“Senior district officials acknowledged that they haven’t decided on consequences if the $700 iPads are lost or broken.

“‘It’s extremely disconcerting that the parent and student responsibility issue has not been hammered out, and that different parents and students received different information during the rollout,’ said Board of Education member Monica Ratliff, who chaired the meeting.”

Such incompetence in the private sector would lead to mass firings.

And paying for short-lived electronics with 30-year “construction bonds,” as L.A. Unified is doing, would lead to shareholder lawsuits alleging corporate irresponsibility in the private sector.

This public-sector incompetence is everywhere. Consider all the stories one reads about government problems with computers, such as the state’s inability to process unemployment checks. Why aren’t such stories common about big companies? Because in big companies, people get fired if they can’t take care of such basic problems.


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  1. Let It Collapse
    Let It Collapse 26 September, 2013, 11:39

    This is all so stupid. So stupid it’s practically unbelievable.

    I can’t help but suspect that somebody on the inside made a ton of loot off this deal. Why? Because it’s as if the obvious unintended consequences that a 10th grader could figure out in advance were totally ignored by Ph.D’s.

    So a kid could lose or break a dozen iPads and the school would have to give him another one since he’s entitled to an education and can’t be denied one?

    And LAUSD did not have a policy in place in advance with regard to whom would be held financially responsible in the event of a lost or maliciously destroyed $700 techno device handed out to 10 year old kids?

    If there is no policy that means the taxpayers will be held liable. So the omission was intentional.

    What a lost society.

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