LAUSD to Move Forward with Phase 2B of the Common Core Technology Project

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines today gave staff the green light to move forward with Phase 2B of the Common Core Technology Project (CCTP). Phase 2B will equip teachers and students at an additional 27 schools with learning devices. In January, the LAUSD Board of Education voted unanimously to approve up to $114 million in bond funds to continue with Phase 2 of the project. With this action, 85 schools will be equipped with devices, and 21 more schools with laptops under the Phase 1L laptop pilot. 
“Our students deserve the best tools available to meet the requirements to be successful in the 21st century workforce,” Cortines said. “Without the appropriate tools, they will be disadvantaged compared to their peers across the entire nation. We also need to keep the dialogue open with our schools. We want Phase 2B to provide more options than previous phases so that our students are fully utilizing the most appropriate and current devices available.” 
Principals at these 27 Phase 2B schools will be key in determining which educational tools are best for their school communities. The CCTP team is currently looking into options available to facilitate this choice for schools and will coordinate all logistics needed to make Phase 2B a success. The full timeline for implementation will be announced in the coming weeks. 
“I am extremely pleased that the superintendent sees the benefit of moving forward with our technology initiative,” CCTP Director Bernadette Lucas said. “Access to technology is a necessity for every student, and is a key part of adopting the Common Core State Standards.  This project is an essential piece of the District’s adoptions of these new standards, as well as achieving our over-arching vision for all students to graduate college-prepared and career-ready.”

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