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July 28, 2008

School Improvement RFP of the Week (2): How Much Sole-Source Business Should ED Do With CCSSO?

The Department of Education intends to make a sole source award to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), located in Washington, D.C.

July 28, 2008

School Improvement RFP of the Week (1): To Attract and Keep Teachers, Improve Compensation Without Increasing Labor Costs

The ability of schools and districts to offer employees low cost car and home insurance can only improve the attractiveness of job offers and employee retention. Something for full-service providers to add to their stable of offerings, or firms involved in teacher recruitment to suggest to their clients?

July 23, 2008

The Letter From: The Most Important Issue in Federal Education Policy Presidential Candidates Don’t Discuss (I)

If I were a gambling man, I would not bet in favor of the candidates tackling SBR, but this outcome is not inevitable .It is quite unlikely that campaign directors will be all that interested - unless public education policy were to become far more important to winning the general election. In my estimation that would only come about if African-American and Latino votes prove to be crucial when the Presidential election is viewed from the perspective of the Electoral College. More on this later.

July 22, 2008

School Improvement RFP of the Week (2): The Next Wave of E-Rate Business is VOIP

The list of capabilities that VoIP enables includes voice messaging, enhanced data services, number portability, Emergency 911 and... untethered roaming within a school or district. [B]y converging both phone and data onto a single network, it’s possible to simplify system administration and lower operational costs....

July 22, 2008

School Improvement RFP of the Week (1): Design/Build a User Friendly Decision Support System for Nebraska

Complicated, jargon laden information management tools have little pragmatic use if only a few, highly technical individuals are able to effectively use the system to guide decision-making.... Meaning, the DSS will not require the end-user to obtain specialized training to use the system....

July 15, 2008

School Improvement RFP of the Week (2): Who Should Drive School Safety? Educators, Police, or FEMA?

Very little frightens me as much as the application of traditional facility security planning and thinking to public schools.

July 15, 2008

School Improvement RFP of the Week (1): Preschool Services for Los Angeles and Adjacent Counties

New contracting concepts inevitably build on existing contractual models. Consider this as one starting point for the terms of school contracting.

July 08, 2008

School Improvement RFP of the Week (2): Retiree Leaseback - A Back Door to Outsourcing the Teaching Force

Those employees interested and qualified to participate in this program would take full retirement and then be formally hired by the successful firm and placed back in their same position (or other position as qualified) as a contract employee.

July 08, 2008

School Improvement RFP of the Week (1): SES, meet 21st CCLC

The Department will fund projects that will serve as national models of how these two federally authorized afterschool initiatives can be coordinated so that a greater number of students enroll in, participate in, and complete academic after-school services that improve their achievement in reading and mathematics.

July 01, 2008

School Improvement RFP of the Week (2): Third Party Evaluation is Becoming a Distinct Market Segment

No Child Left Behind’s concept of scientifically-based research has had very little impact on the sale of school improvement products, services and programs. It has had a great influence on the sale of evaluation services.

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