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September 04, 2014

Los Angeles iPad Story Keeps Growing; Critics More Pointed

The iPad story in Los Angeles grows, as we had predicted. On Tuesday, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy sent the school board a six-page memo defending his actions. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times called for greater transparency, for the release of the district inspector general's reports, and for a new investigation.

September 02, 2014

iPad Scandal Grows in L.A., Raising Leadership Questions

The story of how the Los Angeles Unified School District contracted for iPads and software with Apple and Pearson is not going away. Calls for investigation continue along with public questions about whether Superintendent John Deasy can, or should, survive this issue and others. But the important issue is not the contract; it's the strategy behind it.

August 27, 2014

Contracting Not an Easy Answer, as Los Angeles iPad Venture Shows

After disclosures of possible improprieties in the negotiation and letting of contracts, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy has halted purchases of Apple iPads under a $30-million contract that was to be the first round of a $1-billion program. Now that the district has hit the reset button on the troubled program, it's time to learn from experience. The real lesson here isn't about iPads; it's about managing through contract.

July 24, 2014

Fort Worth School District Audit Finds 2.7 Million in Wasteful Tech Spending

The audit sheds light on the need for schools to be cautious when purchasing new technology, and diligent when monitoring its usage.

July 16, 2014

How to Drive Reform With Instruction Rather Than Testing

The Common Core will work in California if its adoption is driven by instruction rather than testing. Making this happen challenges the state to slow the consequences of testing and to find ways to invest in a modern educational infrastructure.

June 17, 2014

Billion Dollar Pledge to Bring Sophisticated Geo-Maps to Classrooms

In a stunning, but little recognized gift, Esri, the makers of geographic information systems software, have given $1-Billion in free access and mentoring to public schools. Guest Blogger Charlie Fitzpatrick writes about its use as a powerful learning tool.

June 10, 2014

New EdWeek Special Report Examines the Changing Ed-Tech Marketplace

A new special report, Navigating the Ed-Tech Marketplace, looks at the evolution of the multibillion dollar K-12 ed-tech landscape, and the pressures facing school leaders and vendors.

June 03, 2014

Linking Budgets and Policies to the Common Core

The Charter Oak school district leadership invested heavily in the transition to the Common Core. It put teachers at the center of the change, bet big on instructional technology and professional development, and strategically targeted the math curriculum as the place to start.

June 02, 2014

Four Teachers 'School Me' in the Common Core

Four teachers in suburban Los Angeles 'school me' on their transition to Common Core teaching. They like it and are a lot more rational about the process than much of the pro-and-con bombast.

April 23, 2014

Teachers at Summit Tell Ed. Companies What They Want--and What They Don't

A panel that included K-12 teachers gave attendees at a major education business a blunt view of their frustrations and worries about classroom technologies.

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