Cobb County Schools Superintendent blasts Apple iBook audit findings

“An audit commissioned by the Cobb County School Board accused the superintendent’s office of lying to the board and to taxpayers about the county’s controversial laptop computer program,” Jon Shirek reports for WXIA-TV Atlanta. “Cobb County Schools Superintendent Joseph Redden Monday read a statement blasting the audit, and defended the bidding and procurement process.”

“‘I have complete confidence in the process. Nowhere does the report identify that any professional procurement standards were violated,’ Redden said. ‘Again, I am disturbed by the report’s insinuations and disparaging tone and look forward to the opportunity to respond in detail very soon. We stand by the procurement process that selected Apple as the vendor for Power to Learn, and strongly believe that any credible evaluation of that process from beginning to end will show that it was exceedingly thorough, and resulted in the right proposal being chosen,'” Shirek reports.

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  1. Just remember this started as a political issue (one guy voted off the school board despised the tax increase) and the hardball is only getting worse.

    Personally I only favor these laptop programs if they come with a students text books pre-loaded on the machines. Do any of these programs actually eliminate the need to lug around heavy bricks of paper?

    MDN Magic Word: “hope” because the citizens of Cobb County hope their politicians get their heads out of their asses.

  2. I would certainly like to read his response. So far it’s been a one sided story. Hopefully MDN will get the other side. I have the feeling the students and teachers will be feeling really bad that the board shot this down just because of one Windows moron who is probably getting paid off by one of the PC manufacturers. If this money wasn’t supposed to go to computers in the schools then why is it ok to purchase Dells and not Macs?

  3. I’ve been waiting for his response. I knew he wouldn’t sit idly by for making the right choice. He’s an island in a sea of idiots. I’m sure this was the only time that those parents involved themselves with their children’s education. All they know about Mac is “incompatibility,” something they couldn’t define even if you gave them a dictionary.

  4. Dear Mr. Justified,

    I think the sales team at Apple and the interested observers in other school districts who are considering massive Macintosh purchases would be fascinated to learn that the potential loss of a 63,000 Mac sale “doesn’t have anything to do with Macs or Apple.”

    Thank you for your brilliant insight. Color me edified.

  5. I think the story from Cobb County is fascinating. It shows that there is a real, political basis for the prejudice heaped on Apple’s Macintosh. And, btw, why shouldn’t this be news on MDN? Seems to me that a scandal involving Macs is worth reading about. I mean, are we only interested in articles about the latest speed bump or flashy new case? Come on guys, broaden your minds a little.

  6. To Justified and zupchuck,
    The title says “Cobb County Schools.” If not interested, please skip the article. It was your choice to read the “non-news.” Meanwhile, those interested in the “Cobb County” news can choose to read the article.

  7. I agree, this highlights the bias AGAINST Apple products and the dumb follow the hurd choice of Windows. It also makes other districts think twice before selecting Macs, will it cause a problem in the district they live in? Is it worth it?

  8. Its not a Mac or PC issue to the taxpayer. Its a what the heck do you think you are doing buying computers for kids. Just teach the kids. Buy desktops at about 1 per 3 or 4 students. I thought the education system was running out of money. Where in the constitution is the right to a lap top?

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