Matt Hill named Burbank Unified superintendent amid controversy
The Burbank Unified School District voted overwhelmingly yesterday to appoint Matt Hill as its Superintendent, but only after a long and emotional meeting during which board members endured a slew of impassioned criticism from Burbank teachers. Long-time Board Member Dave Kemp became so frustrated by the parade of union teachers berating the board for choosing Hill,...
By Vanessa Romo | April 17, 2015
Burbank forum an ‘interrogation’ of LAUSD’s Hill for superintendent
Burbank Unified’s selection of LA Unified Chief Strategy Officer Matt Hill as a finalist for its superintendent position is turning some heads and raising the blood pressure of some people in Burbank. Hill, who was closely involved in LA Unified’s MiSiS and iPad ventures, was questioned at a public meeting Tuesday in what the Burbank Leader...
By LA School Report | April 16, 2015
LAUSD’s Matt Hill a finalist for superintendent of Burbank schools
One of the last top tier LA Unified executives who was instrumental in launching the disastrous iPad and MISIS programs, is one step away from getting a new job. Matt Hill, the district’s Chief Strategy Officer, is believed to be the favorite among two finalists for the superintendent position at Burbank Unified School District, a...
By Vanessa Romo | April 15, 2015
LA Unified seeking new CIO, knowledge of MiSiS helps
Help wanted: LA Unified is seeking a new Chief Information Officer to fill the post previously held by Ron Chandler, who resigned in October under intense pressure following the disastrous rollout of MISIS. All you have to be is “a dynamic, results oriented technology leader with an exceptional background to lead our Information Technology Division.”...
By Vanessa Romo | January 16, 2015
LAUSD bond panel OKs another $25 million for MiSiS, devices
The LA Unified Bond Oversight Committee today agreed to approve another $25 million in bond fund spending to help the district fix MiSiS problems and equip schools with computers for standardized testing in the Spring. A team of district officials, including Superintendent Ramon Cortines, made lengthy presentations to the nine member committee, insisting that in...
By Vanessa Romo | November 20, 2014
LA Unified Board Sees a Digital Future, Maybe without iPads
Over eight hours today, in another tedious LA Unified board meeting, members one-by-one pledged to forge ahead with the district’s ambitious technology program to bridge the digital divide for some of the nation’s poorest students. But for the first time, some board members signaled that the way forward may not include Apple iPads. The meeting...
By Vanessa Romo | November 5, 2013