SACRAMENTO- Today, Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) delivered a letter to Assemblyman Jim Frazier, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review, requesting that the committee hold a special oversight hearing to review issues related to the new iPad project being undertaken by the Los Angeles Unified School District. A similar letter was also sent to State Controller John Chiang.
“While I fully support technology initiatives that give our students new learning opportunities and help make materials relevant, I don’t believe the right steps have been taken to ensure proper execution and smooth operation of this project,” stated Hagman in the letter. “These problems have arisen during the beginning phase that only includes 47 schools, and it is essential that complications are corrected before more devices are distributed,” added Hagman.
The Los Angeles Unified School District has been dealing with many problems in their attempt to distribute iPads to every student and teacher in their school district, which is the second largest in the nation. These problems include security breaches of the tablets’ software, confusion over who is liable for lost, stolen or damaged tablets, and debate over whether external keyboards are also needed. The tablets are funded by voter-approved bond money and cost just under $700 apiece. So far, the overall cost of the project sits at $1 billion.
The Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review is a standing committee, of which the primary jurisdictions are identifying savings and efficiencies in the management of state government, and reviewing and studying the implementation, operation, and effectiveness of state programs and agencies. Assemblyman Curt Hagman is one of the longest-serving members currently sitting on the committee.