Larry Cuban, experienced educator and historian emeritus of education at Stanford University, reviews the iPad mess in Los Angeles and wonders:

What were they thinking?

Why so little forethought to the cost and utility of the iPads?

Why is Los Angeles paying Apple more than the retail cost of similar devices?

What does research show about the relationship between such devices and test scores?

Why so little disclosure about the ultimate cost?

Cuban might have also wondered why Superintendent Deasy goes out of his way to insist that this huge expenditure is about civil rights, even though it may mean that many poor African American and Hispanic students attend overcrowded classes in buildings that the district cannot afford to repair.

But at least they have iPads!