Apple, along with media company Pearson, may be facing a new legal challenge from a surprising source: The Los Angeles Unified School District.
The dispute stems from a $1.3 billion program the school district launched in 2013 to supply every student and faculty member an Apple iPad loaded with Pearson educational software. The program almost instantly flopped, with teachers reporting software bugs, a lack of content and difficulties using the technology with students learning English as a foreign language.
The Los Angeles Times now reports the school district is refusing to pay for any more of Pearson’s content, which Pearson developed as a subcontractor for Apple:
The L.A. Board of Education is going so far as to consider potential legal action against the two companies, per the Times:
The L.A. iPad deal is controversial for other reasons, too: The Federal Bureau of Investigation is currently examining whether Apple and Pearson got favorable treatment when awarded the contract.