Many states are approving increases in funding for schools, but some districts are wary of adding new programs and services, despite the monetary influx.
Despite signs of improving state budgets, a relatively small percentage of K-12 district leaders expect local budget conditions to improve in the near term.
Discretionary funds and federal Title I money are commonly used to cover the costs of trials, according to an exclusive survey of 500 school district leaders.
A new “certificate in education finance” program at Georgetown University may be the first higher education training program of its kind.
Because ed-tech products may cross the lines of several budget areas, schools can be creative in finding the funds to pay for them.
Indiana’s Department of Education seeks a statewide English-language learner database, while districts in Colorado and Texas want software for school operations.
Districts across New York state are likely to prioritize spending on assistive technology, as well as school security, over the coming year.
Sales people can show district buyers they’ve done their homework by demonstrating an understanding of a district’s long-term academic vision and goals.
Districts tend to want comprehensive curricula that they can modify, rather than piecemeal coverage of content, according to the Babson Survey Research Group.
In many states, including Florida and Arizona, funding for K-12 still lags well below levels they were at in 2008, before the “Great Recession,” an analysis says.