Cost of LAUSD's Digital Student Monitoring System Climbs to $189M

Cost of LAUSD's Digital Student Monitoring System Climbs to $189M

MESSY: The LA Times called the rollout of LAUSD's My Integrated Student Information System (MISIS) "disastrous." That didn't stop the district from plowing ahead with it. Last week, according to the Times, the Los Angeles school board approved the final bond—$40.3 million—of six bonds dedicated to fixing the problems with the system. 

The money will go towards integrating charter and independent schools into the system, allowing parent access and customizing schools' reports. The latest chunk of money will bring the district's spending on the program to $189 million since 2013. The school board initially allotted the program $29.7 million, according to the Times.

My Integrated Student Information System is a digital scheduling and student monitoring program put into effect by a class action lawsuit on behalf of the district's special education students. The district anticipated that MISIS would be easier and cheaper to maintain than its previous system, which had gulped down $100 million, and that it would complete and refine the system by 2014, the Times reports. 

According to the Times, the system was functioning better at the start of the 2015 school year than it had in the past but that it had still not met the requirements of the lawsuit. The Times estimates that MISIS will cost about $12 million per year to maintain and administer after 2018.

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