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District Technology Chief in Los Angeles Resigns

By Benjamin Herold — November 11, 2014 1 min read

Following the botched rollout of an ambitious plan to provide iPads to students and an ongoing software fiasco that has undermined class scheduling and the ability to verify the accuracy of students’ transcripts, the chief information officer of the 651,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District has stepped down.

Ronald Chandler’s departure was announced Oct. 31 in an update from interim Superintendent Ramon Cortines on the district’s troubled student-information system, which has cost more than $130 million.

The superintendent’s weekly report provided a snapshot of how faulty the software remains, listing ongoing problems such as “transcript(s) showing dropped classes under courses in progress,” “student passed Algebra 1 course in middle school but end-of-course credits are not calculated in total,” and “courses that cannot be repeated are being counted twice in the total credits.”

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A version of this article appeared in the November 12, 2014 edition of Education Week as District Technology Chief in Los Angeles Resigns

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