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Did use of school bonds for iPads deceive bond buyers?

When California voters passed Proposition 39 in 2000, they thought they were simply making it easier to pass school bonds for construction of facilities by lowering the approval threshold from two-thirds of the vote to 55 percent. But a provision

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School bond problems go far beyond LAUSD purchase of iPads

Gov. Jerry Brown’s skepticism about state assistance for local school districts’ construction projects appears to be primarily based on an intense disdain for adding more billions to what he likes to call the state’s “wall of debt.” But a counter

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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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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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LAUSD offers reminder of pervasiveness of government incompetence

As 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

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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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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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KFI’s John & Ken talk about CalWatchDog.com report 1

Feb. 20, 2013 By Chris Reed John & Ken of KFI 640 AM Los Angeles had me on Tuesday to talk about my CalWatchDog.com report on the L.A. Unified School District committing to spending $500 million in 30-year school “construction

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Driving K-12 scams: push to preserve automatic teacher raises 1

Feb. 12, 2013 By Chris Reed The state Senate committee report last week showing districts stealing federal funds meant for school lunch programs came as no surprise to students of California’s education establishment. There’s a strange mentality afflicting school governance

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School bond abuses: Ignoring the motive behind the scandals 8

Dec. 19, 2012 By Chris Reed The California media are finally beginning to figure out that school bonds are being abused, with money being borrowed on horrible terms or with funds being spent on things that school bonds historically have

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