A $1 billion plan by the Los Angeles school district to provide iPads to all students was beset by poor planning and a flawed bidding process, according to an internal district report.

The draft analysis concludes the Los Angeles Unified School District needlessly limited its options on price and product, and raises questions about whether the bidding process was fair, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

The initial rules for winning the contract appeared to be tailored to the products of the eventual winners — Apple Inc. and vendor Pearson Education — rather than reflecting district needs, according to the internal report.

In addition, key changes to the bidding rules were made after most of the competition had been eliminated under the original specifications, the report said.

The committee review stops short of accusing anyone of wrongdoing, but offers a carefully worded rebuke of the districtwide iPad rollout that began last fall at 47 schools.

The devices and the accompanying curriculum have been paid for with voter-approved school construction bonds.

In addition to detailing problems with the rollout, the report also applauds the goals and potential benefits of the technology push.

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