The Los Angeles school district’s bond-oversight panel has rejected a move by officials to spend an additional $42 million on new computers, including purchases under a controversial—and recently suspended—technology contract. The panel said the district had not proved that it urgently needed the devices.
The purchase request is the latest development in a $1.3 billion project that was supposed to provide computers for every student, teacher, and campus administrator in the nation’s second-largest school system.
The district also wanted authorization to spend $16.5 million to buy computers for every middle and high school teacher as well as for office staff. The oversight committee approved only a third of the requested amount.
A version of this article appeared in the October 08, 2014 edition of Education Week as Oversight Panel Refuses to Fund New L.A. Computers