NYC School Computers Going Unused, Missing: Audit

A new audit says many computers in New York City schools are unused or missing.

The audit by city Comptroller Scott Stringer found the Department of Education didn't know where 1,800 laptop and desk computers it had purchased for 10 schools were. It found nearly 400 other devices were never unpacked.

The schools surveyed were in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. 

Stringer says the audit represents a sample of sites and is concerned it's "just the tip of the iceberg."

The agency says it's identifying ways to efficiently manage its inventory.

Deputy Schools Chancellor Kathleen Grimm tells the Wall Street Journal the audit ignored some information provided by her staff. She says sometimes equipment isn't put to immediate use because of insufficient Wi-Fi bandwidth and the need to train staff to use it.

A DOE spokeswoman told NBC 4 New York Tuesday it is working to train teachers and administrators to use technology and is working to find cost-effective ways to safeguard computers, tablets and other devices.

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