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Supt. Deasy's early and avid support of iPads under intense scrutiny
Supt. Deasy's early and avid support of iPads under intense scrutiny

The pitch came from a smiling man in a jacket and tie, sitting at his desk and rhapsodizing about the wonders one product could bring to the sprawling Los Angeles Unified School District. The new item would lead to "huge leaps in what's possible for students" and would "phenomenally . . . change the landscape of education." The speaker was Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy. The object of his admiration was the iPad. And the venue was a promotional video for Apple, later posted online by the computer giant. The schools chief made the video more than a year before the district formally opened bidding that was supposed to give not just Apple, but a variety of...

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