Purchasing/Procurement

A line of volunteers carries iPads to be delivered to parents at curbside pickup at Eastside Elementary on March 23, 2020, in Clinton, Miss. Educators are handing out the devices for remote learning while students are forced to stay home during the coronavirus outbreak.
A line of volunteers carries iPads to be delivered to parents at curbside pickup at Eastside Elementary a year ago in Clinton, Miss.<br/>
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Classroom Technology From Our Research Center During COVID-19, Schools Have Made a Mad Dash to 1-to-1 Computing. What Happens Next?
Districts that purchased devices for hybrid and remote learning will have to determine how to use them for in-person instruction.
Alyson Klein, April 20, 2021
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Des Moines Public Schools Admin Support Coordinator Sarah Holland installs a plexiglass shield in the office at Oak Park Elementary School on July 30, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Des Moines Public Schools Admin Support Coordinator Sarah Holland installs a plexiglass shield in the office at Oak Park Elementary School on July 30, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Budget & Finance FEMA Is Spending Billions on Pandemic Relief. How Schools Can Get More of It
The agency is offering reimbursements to schools for pandemic-related purchases they've been using after Jan. 21, 2021.
Mark Lieberman, April 14, 2021
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Meeting District Needs Districts' Back-to-School Shopping List: Masks, Gloves, Sanitizers and $25 Billion to Pay for It
When his staff’s tally for buying personal protective equipment reached $600,000, one superintendent said: “stop because we’re already bankrupt.”
Daarel Burnette II, June 26, 2020
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Meeting District Needs Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories you may have missed.
June 9, 2020
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The New York City school system has been handing out laptops and other digital devices for students to use at home. Recently, it moved quickly to purchase 300,000 new iPads for remote learning.
The New York City school system has been handing out laptops and other digital devices for students to use at home. Recently, it moved quickly to purchase 300,000 new iPads for remote learning.
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Meeting District Needs Coronavirus Squeezes Supply of Chromebooks, iPads, and Other Digital Learning Devices
School districts are competing against each other for purchases of digital devices as remote learning expands to schools across the country.
David Rauf, April 1, 2020
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Assessment Inside a Procurement Dispute in North Carolina
North Carolina officials' switch in reading-test vendors just weeks before the new school year got underway is spotlighting the often murky process of contracts and procurements for K-12 services.
Stephen Sawchuk, August 20, 2019
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Budget & Finance From Our Research Center How Do Teachers Fund Their Classrooms? 6 Takeaways
Most teachers say they expect to contribute resources to their classrooms, but teachers aren’t only putting up the cash themselves. In addition to old standbys like grants and bake sales, many are turning to other fundraising opportunities, including online crowdfunding platforms like DonorsChoose.
Sarah Schwartz, April 11, 2019
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Meeting District Needs Video Strategies for Winning and Retaining K-12 Business
K-12 district leaders often feel misled by vendors during the purchasing process, especially when what’s promoted in a sales pitch doesn’t match up with reality. Having the right people at the table, providing information on data privacy and interoperability, and launching pilot projects can go a long way toward building new business and earning renewals.
November 27, 2018
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School & District Management Educators Wary of Ed-Tech Company Research
Seventy-six percent felt that ed-tech vendors were not qualified to conduct valid research about their own products, the analysis by ISTE and the Jefferson Education Exchange found.
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Jill Collins, a 3rd grade teacher at DeLand-Weldon Elementary School, fires off a round during a concealed carry class for teachers in June at Adventure Tactical Training in Farmer City, Ill. The class was designed to help teachers feel less vulnerable in the wake of a number of recent school shootings across the country.
Jill Collins, a 3rd grade teacher at DeLand-Weldon Elementary School, fires off a round during a concealed carry class for teachers in June at Adventure Tactical Training in Farmer City, Ill. The class was designed to help teachers feel less vulnerable in the wake of a number of recent school shootings across the country.
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School Climate & Safety Firestorm Erupts as Betsy DeVos Weighs If Districts Can Buy Guns With Federal Money
News that the education secretary and her team are pondering whether school districts can spend federal money to buy guns to arm teachers and other school staff is drawing widespread condemnation.
Andrew Ujifusa & Evie Blad, August 23, 2018
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School & District Management Ed-Tech Leadership Is a Tough Task for Principals
School leaders face pressures about what digital learning approaches to take and what tech products to buy—from the central office, education companies, teachers, parents, and students.
Denisa R. Superville, April 17, 2018
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Open Educational Resources Fill Gap for Underserved Students In the wake of NAACP’s endorsement of OER, states have a responsibility to address resource inequality, write Lisa Petrides and Barbara Dezmon
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Meeting District Needs Opinion Open Educational Resources Fill Gap for Underserved Students
The NAACP advocates the use of OER as a way to equalize learning resources at scale for all students, write Lisa Petrides and Barbara Dezmon.
Lisa Petrides & Barbara Dezmon, June 6, 2017
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Curriculum For Educators, Curriculum Choices Multiply, Evolve
How is a district to choose in a curriculum landscape that includes open educational resources, digital 'playlists,' teacher-designed lessons, and old-fashioned textbooks?
Liana Loewus & Michele Molnar, March 28, 2017
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Buzzwords in the Marketplace
Buzzwords in the Marketplace
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Meeting District Needs 'Red Flags' to Look for When Evaluating Personalized Learning Products
Educators are asking tougher questions to sort the real personalized learning potential from the empty promises of some ed-tech products and services.
Michele Molnar, October 18, 2016
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