Fallout over the Los Angeles school district’s $1.3 billion plan to provide iPads to every student intensified Dec. 2 with the revelation that the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation into the failed effort.
FBI agents seized 20 boxes of records related to the iPad program on Dec. 1, and court documents reviewed by the Los Angeles Times show a federal grand jury is examining the matter.
Federal investigators declined to name the target of the probe. But the FBI’s actions have brought a renewed focus on the program nine months after the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office closed its own review without filing charges.
The subpoena demanded that the district produce a wide array of documents related to deals with Apple, maker of the iPad, and curriculum provider Pearson, the companies that won a lucrative, multiyear contract.
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