- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles school district is reviewing every senior’s transcript in the wake of computer problems that have messed up class schedules for some or produced faulty transcripts needed for college.

While it’s unclear how many students were affected, nearly 38,000 seniors will have their transcripts examined, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday (https://lat.ms/1rPTPtG). The nation’s second-largest district temporarily hired as many as 50 former counselors and administrators to help check the records - at an estimated cost of up to $25,000 a day.

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines promised parents that the district was working to resolve problems with the computerized records system that was launched this school year.

“As superintendent, I take full responsibility for ensuring that our systems are functioning correctly in support of students,” Cortines said in a statement.

Cortines returned from retirement last week to lead the district.

Errors with the so-called My Integrated Student Information System led to some students repeating courses or being unable to get classes they needed, and some college transcripts were faulty or weren’t available to students at all.

Lynda McGee, a college counselor at the Downtown Magnets campus, told the newspaper there have been many problems.

She learned recently of a senior who took required math classes in middle school. The student’s transcript, instead of showing the A she earned, listed her grades as C and D. Another senior was missing credits for classes taken during a semester of ninth grade, McGee said.

Cortines pledged to contact presidents of state colleges and many private institutions in California to alert them of the problems in LA Unified.

Leaders of both the administrators union and the teachers union have faulted the district for switching to the new records system without adequate preparation.

Earlier this month a judge ruled that state education officials must get involved in fixing scheduling and class-assignment problems that have unconstitutionally deprived students at LA’s Thomas Jefferson Senior High School weeks of valuable learning time this fall.

Acting on a request from lawyers for three students, Alameda County Superior Court Judge George Hernandez Jr. issued an emergency order directing the state’s schools superintendent, appointed school board and Department of Education to work with LA Unified in developing a plan to immediately remedy the problems.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com

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