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Cortines names charter school chief to lead technology initiatives

LA School Report | January 15, 2015

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Judy Burton will to serve as chair of the Instructional Technology Initiative

Judy Burton

LA Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines has invited Judy Burton, a former associate superintendent of innovation and instruction in the district, to serve as chair of what is now known as the Instructional Technology Initiative, nee the Common Core Technology Project.

Cortines said Burton, founding president and CEO of Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, would work with two senior district officials, Ruth Perez and Bernadette Lucas, to establish a committee to review device and curriculum options.

The committee would also include teachers, administrators, parents, students, community members and a representative from the Bond Oversight Committee, Cortines said.

“It is my expectation that the committee will review what the District has done so far, examine the funds that have been used thus far, and assist with the development of a plan which includes funding options,” he said in a memo to the school board. “As we move forward, it is my intent to ensure that we look at funding this Initiative in a balanced way using bond dollars but taking into consideration the District’s brick and mortar needs as well as our technology needs.”

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