UTLA Offers Proposal to End Deasy's MiSiS CriSiS

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Resolving a fiasco

With no end in sight to Superintendent Deasy’s MiSiS Crisis, UTLA has presented LAUSD with a proposal aimed at solving the problem, so educators and students can focus on education, without the daily stress of dealing with a technology system that should never have been implemented.  
UTLA has been listening to students, parents, teachers and counselors during its School Blitz, which kicked off this week, and acted swiftly — presenting a 4-point proposal to LAUSD during today’s bargaining session.    
  • Immediately halt the gradebook component of MiSiS—and not just delay it as the District has done as a stop-gap measure to a serious problem.
  • Immediately form an advisory LAUSD Joint Technology Committee with an equal number of parents, teachers, administrators, and clerical staff to explore more efficient and effective ways of adopting, purchasing and implementing school technology systems.
  • Compensate educators who have worked extra hours trying to implement a technology system that clearly is not ready. 
  • Immediately provide extra IT support, including training and support at all school sites.
The UTLA/LAUSD bargaining session was devoted entirely to the MiSiS Crisis, because it is taking such a toll on students, parents and educators.  UTLA was prepared to sign the agreement immediately; LAUSD officials were not.  UTLA expects a response from the District no later than September 2nd, the date of the next bargaining session.
UTLA’s bargaining team on MiSiS includes rank and file members who each brings a unique perspective to the table.  South East High School Counselor Yesenia Mojarro said, “The District’s decision to rollout MiSiS has affected all of us — professionally, emotionally and physically.”
North Hollywood High School Technology Teacher Jay Gehringer stressed that the District ignored recommendations from the MiSiS committee, which met for over a year, and concluded the web based system to manage student data should not be rolled out.  Special Education teacher Gloria Martinez talked about the damage done to students.
UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl said, “Again and again the superintendent makes decisions in a bubble and as with the iPad fiasco, it is students, educators and parents who are paying for his mistakes.  In response to a news story that the superintendent plans to hire his own liaison on MiSiS, Caputo-Pearl said, “it would be a typical Deasy move.”     
As for the latest development in the iPad saga, UTLA has not seen the internal school district report draft obtained by the LA Times on the troubled iPad bidding process, but our members will be watching as this story plays out. 
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