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Good or effective tactics for Maintaining IT policy in K-12 public education?

El Fantasmo (1057616) writes | more than 2 years ago

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El Fantasmo (1057616) writes "First, I work in public education, K-12, for a small, economically shaky, low performing school district.

What are some good or effective tactics for getting budget controllers to stop bypassing the IT boss/department? We sometimes we end up with LOW end MS Win 7 Home laptops, that basically can't get on our network (internet only) or be managed. The purchaser refuses to return them for proper setups. Unfortunately, IT is currently under the "asst. superintendent of curriculum and instruction," who has no useful understanding of maintaining and acquiring IT resources and lets others make poor IT purchasing decisions, by bypassing the IT department, and dips into IT funds when their pet project budgets run low. How can this be reversed when you get commands like "make it work" and the budget is effectively $0?

Thanks"

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Good (exclusive) or effective tactics (1)

someWebGeek (2566673) | more than 2 years ago | (#39127335)

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Punch the idiot in charge in the face every time you get stuck with junk technology.

Effective
This one's trickier. It sounds as though your system's policy structure is ill-understood by your "asst. superintendent of curriculum and instruction." On what basis just he justify overriding the placement of responsibility for purchases from IT to your budget controllers? Take the issue to your school board with clear explanations of the wasted monies that result from buying unusable computers. Explain to the board the failure to provide required educational materials. Convince them to clarify and set up or reaffirm the needed policies and establish or approve procedures to maintain oversight and enforcement of the correct practices. If your board seems recalcitrant, take your arguments upstream to the commissioners (or other public officials) who control the board. Finally, the court of last resort is public opinion; get media coverage to expose the waste and failure of the current practices.

If it's too risky to your employment to attempt these things directly, recruit parents to be your public interface and feed them the needed facts.
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