$40 million more OKd to fix MiSiS, then it will cost at least $12 million each year to maintain
Another $40.3 million was approved to repair and run the beleaguered MiSiS computer system for the next year, but the big question at Tuesday’s LA Unified School Board meeting was how much it will cost to maintain once all the repairs are done. The answer came late into the nearly six-hour meeting when board member Monica Ratliff asked Diane...
By Mike Szymanski | April 14, 2016
‘Thorny’ issue of MiSiS is resolved with charters, but cost and other questions remain
The word “MiSiS” is not generally associated with happy endings at LA Unified, and neither is the district’s increasingly competitive relationship with its 221 independent charter schools, but that was the case earlier this month when the district and its charters announced they had reached an agreement on linking their student data systems to fulfill...
By Craig Clough | March 23, 2016
LAUSD and charters reach agreement on court-ordered MiSiS data sharing
LA Unified and its 221 independent charter schools have reached an agreement on the court-ordered requirement that charters sync their student data information systems with the district’s massive MiSiS system. The agreement calls on the district to develop an interface solution that will allow data systems at charter schools to communicate with MiSiS but allow...
By Craig Clough | March 18, 2016
Cortines ‘proud’ of MiSiS team’s big turnaround of troubled system
As he reaches what may be his final weeks with the district, LA Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines sent a message Friday to all employees, congratulating the district personnel who have helped make improvements to MiSiS. “I am extremely proud of everyone who has been involved in this important work during the past 12 months,” Cortines...
By Craig Clough | November 3, 2015
LAUSD creating shared digital site for students, teachers, parents
A resolution approved by the LA Unified school board on Oct. 13 didn’t receive a lot of attention, but the vote to approve a pilot program with the online company Schoology has the potential to completely change how students, teachers, parents and administrators interact. The resolution launches a two-year pilot program that will test an...
By Craig Clough | October 29, 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