To update you on our previous post about this issue, LAUSD Board Members at their meeting yesterday approved the allocation of $50 million toward the WiFi/wireless tablet proposal, despite the district’s $557 million deficit.
According to eyewitness reports, it was disturbing to watch 6 of the 7 LAUSD Board Members support this Phase 1 of the wireless program.
We’re told that Board Member Bennett Kayser abstained. According to those who saw the meeting, Mr. Kayser felt there were outstanding issues that needed to be dealt with BEFORE moving on to approve Phase I of the wireless program implementation; he also mentioned one of the concerns was whether RF emissions would be harmful and whether hard wired internet would be necessary.
FYI: LAUSD Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) contracted the URS Corporation to prepare its health report, “RADIOFREQUENCY (RF) EVALUATION REPORT: Use of Wireless Devices in Educational Settings” (2013) to justify the RF safety of this proposed program.
In addition, the URS RF report was NOT included in the Board Meeting Materials packet (see Tab 12 that begins on page 111) — i.e., so the Public could not view it prior to today’s board meeting. This did not allow the Public to prepare Comments or concerns about the URS report in advance of Tuesday’s Board Meeting. So was transparency and due diligence followed?
Thank you to all of you, from across the state, nation and around the world, who wrote LAUSD Board Members advising them against it and also providing the science and rationale why.
We will create a page of letters from experts entered into the LAUSD public record at Tuesday’s meeting that you can share with local school officials to support healthier school environments in your area.
Kudos and serious thanks also to LAUSD parent Kevin Mottus, and Miss Shane Gregory, administrator of Smart Meter Health Alert, who we’ve been informed did a stellar job representing your concerns and scientific data at the Tuesday LAUSD Board Meeting.
We’ll post additional updates, and video and story links, as we get more info.