Louisiana Purchasing Law Pumps Up Districts’ Bargaining Power

Modeled on district cooperatives in other states, measure may also expand vendor reach

Cooperation, School budget

In the coming weeks, Louisiana school districts large and small will get the opportunity to amp up their bargaining strength when buying everything from laptops to stadium lighting under a new statewide cooperative.

This year, the state adopted a law that explicitly allows K-12 school districts—or parishes as they’re called in Louisiana—to join together in…

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