Broward County (Fla.) schools face major technology crisis

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Broward schools are falling behind when it comes to technology and there's not much they can do about it.

On Tuesday, the School Board discussed its capital budget, that pays for technology, transportation and large construction projects. But with only $35 million to fix a growing number of deteriorating schools, replace an aging bus fleet and secure school campuses, there's not much left for computer upgrades.

"I think this is very frightening for our district," said board chairwoman Laurie Rich Levinson. "There's just absolutely no way in another year we can possibly be where we need to be."

The district can only fund $16 million of its technological needs though the department says at least $59 million is needed.

"It’s really more of a compliance budget, everything we want to do in terms of taking us to the next level, we’ve stripped out," said Tony Hunter, chief information officer for the district.

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