As part of a federal grand jury probe, the U.S. attorney’s office has subpoenaed the Los Angeles Unified School District for records about its $1 billion iPad project. “The idea of providing first-class learning technology to all the kids in the district, not just the kids who could afford it, is certainly a worthy educational goal,” said Charles Taylor Kerchner, a professor at Claremont Graduate University. “That worthy goal runs up against problems of organizational feasibility, and it did from the beginning.” Kerchner is speaking to the nationwide move to give students in schools iPads. Hypothetically the iPads are riddled with security installations which should make it impossible for the students to misuse the technology but many students have found ways to surpass the security and use the iPads for entertainment, not education. Exactly why the attorney’s office has requested the records is unclear but it does draw attention to the issues with the program. Thus far, the the district has spent $70 million on the project, purchasing 90,713 devices. More devices are scheduled to be purchased for the 2015-2016 school year.
Contributor: Phoebe Roe