money2The Los Angeles Unified School District is seeking to recoup millions of dollars from technology giant Apple over a problem- plagued curriculum that was provided with iPads intended to be given to every student, teacher and administrator, it was reported today.

The Los Angeles Board of Education Tuesday authorized its attorneys in a closed-door meeting to explore possible litigation against Apple and Pearson, the company that developed the curriculum as a subcontractor to Apple, the Los Angeles Times reported

Schools Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines “made the decision that he wanted to put them on notice, Pearson in particular, that he’s dissatisfied with their product,” David Holmquist, general counsel for the nation’s second- largest school system, said in remarks reported by The Times. He said millions of dollars could be at stake.

In a letter sent Monday to Apple, Holmquist wrote that it “will not accept or compensate Apple for new deliveries of (Pearson) curriculum.” Nor does the district want to pay for further services related to the Pearson product. Apple did not respond to a request for comment. Pearson defended its product, The Times reported.

The $1.3 billion iPad effort launched by then-Superintendent John Deasy faltered almost immediately during the fall 2013 rollout of the devices. Questions later arose about whether Apple and Pearson enjoyed an advantage in the bidding process; an FBI criminal investigation is underway.

Deasy had said the technology effort was intended to provide low-income students with devices available to their wealthier peers. He resigned under pressure in October, largely because of problems with the iPad effort.

Amid eroding political support and rising costs, the district first slowed the effort, then abandoned the goal of providing a device to every student.

The contract with Apple was approved by the Board of Education in June 2013 as part of a deal expected to reach at least $500 million, The Times reported. Another $800 million was earmarked to improve Internet access at schools.

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Excerpts of an alleged memo from Apple, Inc.’s (AAPL) retail chief Angela Ahrendts were posted by the UK newspaper Telegraph on Thursday.  According to the text of the memo, Apple has pulled the plug on in-store sales of Apple Watches until June, instead exclusively selling to customers via its online store.

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0416-britney-spears-rio-suite-inside-photos-launch-3 sheets were still warm when Britney Spears slipped into her new Las Vegas pad — because she didn’t even wait 24 hours for Elton John to move out before swooping into the uber swank suite.

Sources close to the singers tell TMZ … Brit is going to be living it up in the 8,000 sq. ft. paradise known as the Palazzo Suite at Rio while she’s in Vegas. Elton lived there during his most recent Caesars Palace stint … but we’re told he moved out Tuesday night, and Brit was in by Wednesday morning.

Brit’s new THREE floor suite comes with 24-hour butler service, 2 jacuzzis, an elevator, and furniture on loan from 17 museums around the world. Sir Elton has standards.

There’s even a grand piano … which will probably just collect dust now.

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