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Grand jury to investigate Cobb County iBook program

updated 02:25 pm EDT, Tue October 11, 2005

Cobb iBook investigation

Apple's now-canceled one-to-one iBook initiative with Cobb County is . A special grand jury has been impaneled to look into Cobb County's failed laptop program, according to The Associated Press. The $100 million Cobb County iBook program, which was to deliver 63,000 iBooks to students, was terminated because a Court order halted the iBook program for to all students in grades 6 through 12 based on concerns over the source of funding, which was a special sales tax approved in 2003. The report says a group of county judges decided Thursday to initiate the criminal investigation to determine whether the $100 millon iBook contract was manipulated in favor of Apple. The proposal was to provide laptops to teachers and eventually to all students in grades six through 12.




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  1. jrbm689

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    Criminal Investigation

    The only crime here is the lack of a national program to provide "technology credits" for students who purchase notebook computers for use in school.

  1. beeble

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    Right on jrbm689

    Give people choice. Give people credits for providing educational infrustructure for their kids that the schools should do but can't afford to and give families vouchers to send their kids to where they want.

    In a city near where I live the government spends more than $9000 a year per student for a pretty horrible education. $9000 a year buys you a decent private education in a respectible school, not the best but a huge step up from what you get from the government. If parents had that money to spend themselves do you think all the waste and mismanagement in public education would be forced out when they are competing on a level playing field for "business"?

  1. bokubob

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    $9000 a year per student

    Oh, your child has special needs? That'll cost extra. Oh, that bad? They'll need one-on-one teaching all day, that'll be extra too.

    Reality stinks.

  1. chas_m

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    Why is this news here?

    This has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with Apple -- the case is in court simply because the Cobb County School Board and the Cobb County District Attorney disagree about how it should be paid for. CCSB wants to use the funds they raised through the sales tax hike, and the CCDA says that sales tax money can't be used to fund "experiments" like the laptop contract. That's it.

    Nothing to do with Apple.

  1. l008com

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    Is that it?

    None of the macnn posted articles have really explained specifically what the beef is, but they all seem to imply that the issue as hand is that they are 'wasting' their money buying 'expensive' apple computers when they could be buying cheaper generic computers?

  1. JEB

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    The real issue

    is that some jerk of a (former) politician stopped the chance of a spectacular implementation of technology . . . and would be stellar with Apple.

    Kudos to the people who brought the initiative to life; looks like the politicians are "doing their job" for education again (yeah, right).

  1. testudo

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    Re: why is this news here

    This has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with Apple -- the case is in court simply because the Cobb County School Board and the Cobb County District Attorney disagree about how it should be paid for. CCSB wants to use the funds they raised through the sales tax hike, and the CCDA says that sales tax money can't be used to fund "experiments" like the laptop contract. That's it.

    Nothing to do with Apple.


    Nothing to do with Apple, until it comes out that Apple kicked-back some cash to the board to help push through the initiative. And supplied prostitutes and all-expense paid vacations to the decision makers. And is secretly funding sites like macNN to push the pro-Apple agenda (we're on to you!). And that is was Jobs who supplied the CIA about the WMD in Iraq. And it turns out Schiller was friends with Monica Lewinsky, and even suggested to her "Hey, you should try to meet the president. Wear the blue dress, it looks good on you." And Wozniak was on that grassy knoll in Dallas. And Fred Anderson was the one who introduced Yoko Ono to John Lennon and caused the break up of the Beatles.

    Yeah, its got NOTHING to do with Apple at all. Nothing ever does in your myopic view of life!

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