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Ex-LAUSD official denies steering contract to former employer
Ex-LAUSD official denies steering contract to former employer

The former Los Angeles schools official under scrutiny for his role in the district's $1.3-billion iPad program defended himself Thursday, saying that he did not improperly steer the contract to a company that once employed him. Former Deputy Supt. Jaime Aquino said his involvement in the project was "by the book" and with the approval of the district's legal counsel. "I have nothing to hide," Aquino said in emails to The Times. Aquino, 49, has come under criticism for correspondence with education giant Pearson, which ultimately was chosen to provide the curriculum for the district's iPad program. Aquino had worked for a Pearson subsidiary before...

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