Statement from Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines on the Common Core Technology Project

Yesterday, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation came to the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters and retrieved 20 boxes from the Facilities Services Division relative to procurement practices involving the Common Core Technology Project. The L.A Unified School District will offer its full cooperation to federal authorities during the course of the investigation.

At the same time, I have decided on the basis of a report from the L.A. Unified Inspector General that identified flaws in the earlier process to restart the procurement of devices for 27 schools scheduled to be included in Phase 2B of the technology rollout. My intent is that the students attending these schools will receive devices under a new contract at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year.

Due to the urgency of allowing our students to prepare for testing in the spring, we will continue with a different contract with Apple to provide iPads and a contract with another vendor, Arey Jones, to provide Chromebooks for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium tests. I have informed both the Board of Education and the Bond Oversight Committee of my decisions, and they are supportive.