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LAUSD’s iPad program is now on hold after a report questioned the awarding of the contract to Apple and Pearson, the company developing the curriculum. Superintendent John Deasy joins us to discuss. Plus: The LA Library is offering high school diplomas to drop outs. We check in on that program. And KCRW’s Eric J. Lawrence takes us on a historic audio tour of Disneylands’ Haunted Mansion, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary. 

Image: A kindergarten student using an ipad.

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Superintendent Deasy on iPad Controversy 15 MIN, 33 SEC

The $1 billion dollar iPad program in L.A’s public schools is now on hold. Superintendent John Deasy has halted the rollout after an internal report questioned the awarding of the contract to Apple, which makes iPads, and Pearson, the company developing the curriculum for the tablets. Emails suggest that Deasy and other LAUSD officials strategized with Apple and Pearson before the contract was put out to bid. And the report suggests the bidding rules were altered to favor Pearson and Apple.  

Guests:
John Deasy, Los Angeles Unified School District (@DrDeasyLAUSD)

Library Diplomas 8 MIN, 28 SEC

While the LAUSD tries to figure out the best way to use technology in the classroom, the city’s library system is offering its own online classes. It’s the first library network in the country to offer a high school curriculum and diplomas for drop-outs. These are not GEDs that the library is offering -- they’re actual high school diplomas that you can earn through online courses and visits to the library. 

Guests:
John Szabo, City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library

Eric J. Lawrence on the Haunted Mansion 12 MIN, 3 SEC

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is turning 45 years old this month. It’s a fan favorite that holds a special place in Disney history.The Haunted Mansion was one of the last attractions worked on by Walt Disney himself, and the first to open after his death. And KCRW’s Eric J. Lawrence is a little obsessed with it. He takes us on an historical audio tour of the iconic ride. 

Guests:
Eric J. Lawrence, Host of 'Eric J. Lawrence' (@ericjlawrence)

LAPD Police Behavior Software 8 MIN, 20 SEC

The Los Angeles Police Department has a computer system designed to identify problem officers. It’s been in operation for seven years. But no one has tried to figure out if it actually works, until now. A new report by the LA Police Commission’s Inspector General finds big problems.

Guests:
Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times (@joelrubin)

More:
Report questions LAPD program to flag misconduct - LA times article by Joel Rubin

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