LA school district report faults iPad bidding

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Updated: 8/22/2014 2:29 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An internal report concludes the Los Angeles Unified School District's $1 billion plan to provide iPads to all students was beset by poor planning and a flawed bidding process.

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that the draft analysis concludes the district needlessly limited its options on price and product, and raises questions about whether the bidding process was fair.

The report says the initial steps of the process appeared to favor the eventual winner — Apple — rather than demonstrating district needs. Some other school districts have opted for less expensive tablets.

The committee review stops short of accusing anyone of wrongdoing, but offers a carefully worded rebuke of the districtwide iPad rollout that began last fall.

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