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the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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

Apple’s “Excellent” Rip-Off of L.A. Public Schools

Oct 28, 2013

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) program to spend one billion dollars to buy iPads for the students literally reeks of collusion and kickbacks. The district is paying $780 per iPad. So, not only didn’t the school district get a volume discount, it is paying a much higher price than what Apple charges in its stores. And, since this model of the iPad will soon be obsolete, Apple will have the LAUSD on the hook for another billion dollars in three to four years!

Who could be surprised by all this? Top LAUSD officials are closely tied to the big tech companies. Superintendent John Deasy had previous connections in the computer industry. He was also featured as a pitchman in a television commercial for iPads. Deputy Superintendent Jaime Aquino once worked for the parent company of Pearson, the company hired to provide curriculum for the iPads. And Apple and other Silicon Valley companies literally showered money on their favorite school board candidates during the last elections.

The corporate flunkies who run the LAUSD claim there is no money to bring back the more than 10,000 teachers and other school employees it laid off over the last five years, leaving the LAUSD with some of the biggest class sizes in the country. Nor, they say, is there money to take care of the 16,000 repair requests across the District that have yet to receive a response.

But they sure can come up with a billion dollars in cold cash real fast, to fatten the profits of some of the richest companies in the world!