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LAUSD righting its ed-tech wrongs

By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
August 19th, 2015

Back-to-school sees smaller problems and smarter tech adoption

lausd-technologyGetting students into the right classroom on the first day of school is a modest goal.

But it’s a huge improvement over last year, when thousands of students in the Los Angeles Unified School District were left without class assignments and teachers couldn’t even take roll.

Officials this week are trying to right two major technology debacles: a malfunctioning records system and a now-abandoned plan to provide iPads to all students.

Last year, the records system caused chaos at campuses around the district. The iPad project led to an ongoing FBI investigation. And both contributed to the departure of the superintendent and other top administrators.

As schools opened Tuesday, officials are hopeful that they’ve turned the corner on their technology fiascoes.

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