Some 20 boxes of documents related to the Los Angeles Unified School District's $1.3 billion iPads-for-all project were removed from LAUSD offices by FBI agents on Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"They stopped by late yesterday afternoon," Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines told the Times. "I found out at 4:30 in the afternoon on Monday."
The controversial iPads-for-all project was the initiative of John Deasy, Cortines' predecessor, who resigned in October. Deasy believed that providing low-income students equal access to technology was worth the excessive draw from bond funds.
The iPad contract was approved without opposition when it was set before the L.A. Unified Board of Education in June 2013.
The project, which was implemented in 47 schools, faced numerous problems within the first few months of the roll out. Security filters were easily deleted by students and teachers felt inadequately prepared to use the devices.
Purchases were suspended after disclosures that Deasy and his top deputy had close ties to Pearson, the company that supplied the curriculum for the devices, as well as with Apple executives. Deasy denied that the suspension was related to the disclosures. Instead, he cited changes in the technology market as the prompting factor.