FBI Seizes 20 Boxes of LAUSD Documents Related to Controversial iPad Program

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John Deasy, shown at a Board of Education meeting in August, came under fire for the iPad program. (Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

FBI agents on Monday removed 20 boxes of documents from the Los Angeles Unified School District related to the awarding of contracts for the ill-fated $1.3 billion iPad project, officials confirmed.

The FBI visit surprised school officials, according to L.A. schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines.

“They stopped by late yesterday afternoon,” Cortines said Tuesday. “I found out at 4:30 in the afternoon on Monday.” Cortines said he then alerted the district’s general counsel to notify the Board of Education.

Cortines said he was still waiting for a report on the nature of the investigation, but other sources within the district confirmed that the agents were focusing on the effort to provide every student, teacher and campus administrator with computers.

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