A plan to improve Information Technology at LA Unified is close to getting every school wireless internet access and providing every student access to a computer.
It’s a slower, more methodical strategy than the approach taken by former Superintendent John Deasy, which led to the botched $1.3 billion iPad program, an FBI investigation, his resignation and an abrupt end to the program.
The 2015-2016 Strategic Execution Plan proposed by Shahryar Khazei, the district’s chief information officer, will “provide our schools with the infrastructure and equipment they need to teach all the students the skills they will need for success in the 21st century workforce,” he said.
Among the goals and expected accomplishments by the end of this school year are:
- Replacing deteriorated cables, switchers and routers and increasing bandwidth at 461 schools.
- Modernizing 95 percent of the existing school networks at 357 schools,
- Adding 37 technology aides to give direct support to schools.
- Providing greater network security at 92 percent of the schools, or 686 of 749.
The program doesn’t come without extra costs, paid for by local bond measures and a federal program. The budget increased by $14 million for the Instructional Technology Initiative, and the MiSiS budget increased by $100 million.