LAUSD launches new system for teachers to request tech help
LA Unified teachers should have fewer problems getting their Fall term grades in and their report cards out before the winter break, thanks to a new computer help program launched yesterday. The new service request system has been years in the planning. Teachers and staff can get technical help with computers, applications, internet and other technology issues...
By Mike Szymanski | December 1, 2015
LA Unified makes a second call, to apologize for phone survey glitch
In a district striving to infuse computer technology in public education, LA Unified is struggling to complete a phone survey asking five questions. About 550,000 phone calls went out from Sept. 25 through yesterday to ask families about their priorities for the school calendar for the next three years. By late yesterday, another phone call...
By Mike Szymanski | September 30, 2015
11 not-well-known facts about the computers running LA Unified
Not many people know much about LA Unified’s $133 million MiSiS computer system that has held the center of attention for the past year—and will determine the success or failure of the school year now underway. District officials this week gave LA School Report a behind-the-scenes look at the system to understand what it does and...
By Mike Szymanski | August 21, 2015
LAUSD aiming to resolve MiSiS issues as ‘Norm Day’ approaches
While LA Unified says it’s making strides toward solving MiSiS problems, difficulties enrolling students persist and could severely impact school funding levels as a deadline approaches for allocating personnel resources. School administrators are required to report final enrollment numbers to the district by Sept. 12, a date officials with AALA, the school administrators union, say...
By Vanessa Romo | September 2, 2014
Computer problems spur a student walkout at Jefferson High
Continuing problems with LAUSD’s new MiSiS computer system prompted nearly 250 Jefferson High School students to walk out of class today in protest over scheduling conflicts. The students, mostly juniors and seniors, said their schedules were wrong and they have not been assigned the honor or AP classes they need for their college portfolio. They...
By Yana Gracile | August 25, 2014
LAUSD, Teachers union talking AM/FM on new contract
As a further indication of how far off a labor agreement is between LA Unified and the teachers union, UTLA, the two sides met yesterday and each focused on an entirely different matter — the district, salaries; the union, the problematic student data base system, MiSiS. In a statement released by UTLA shortly after the...
By Vanessa Romo | August 22, 2014
LA Unified computer problems hampering special ed teachers
Two weeks into the new school year, LA Unified administrators are still working out bugs in a new computer system, a disruption that has made instruction particularly difficult for special education teachers, who need specific information for each of their students.. The new MiSiS — My Integrated Student Information System — is designed to track...
By Yana Gracile | August 19, 2014