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“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

L.A. Schools iPad Scandal:
Business as Usual

Mar 6, 2017

After more than two years of “investigation,” federal authorities say there is no reason to file charges against LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District). The iPad scandal case dates back to June of 2013, when the L.A. school board approved a 1.3-billion-dollar contract for Apple to provide 650,000 iPads to the school district.

It turns out that tens of thousands of iPads distributed to schools could not even be used. Pearson, the giant publishing company that had partnered with Apple for the contract, had not even bothered to provide the software it was paid handsomely for.

Then it came to light that there had not even been a proper bidding process before giving the huge contract to Apple and Pearson; and that the companies were overcharging the district.

The publicity around the scandal not only brought school officials down; two months later, in December 2014, the FBI demonstratively raided the school district headquarters and confiscated 20 boxes of documents. To date, however, no charges have been filed.

If they are acting as if this whole iPad fiasco was just business as usual ... well, it is. Under this capitalist system, big companies see public treasuries just as a cookie jar they can dip their greedy hands into. And government officials, at every level, are at their service, keeping the lid of the jar wide open for them.