About 1,000 school finance officers are tackling issues from funding formulas to passing bond referenda at an international gathering in Florida.
The most active states have 10 or more common-core related bids, RFPs or awarded contracts on record; more than half of states have had none or one, as of 2013.
Most will be spent to wire city schools and purchase new hardware, while $20 million will buy new devices and software for classrooms.
Sixty-eight percent of district technology officials plan to delay or defer maintenance upgrades of technology and contracts, a survey by the Consortium for School Networking shows.
Three-fourths of school districts are counting on the testing consortia to provide them with common-core instructional materials, according to an MDR survey.
A state budget committee has agreed to pay $6.6 million to prevent a school Internet network from being shut down amid a legal dispute.
Changes to the E-rate program, controversy over data privacy, and improving school budgets are expected to impact preK-12 companies doing business with schools in 2014.
Tight school budgets, complying with new health care reform rules, and funding technology are hot topics at the Association of School Business Officials International meeting.