- The procurement of new education products or
services is frequently complicated by a maze of regulations that create
confusion among district officials, vendors, and policymakers about what can
and can’t be procured.
- Whether a good or service is “allowable,” or how
to pay for it, often comes down to interpreting key terms in regulations and
statutes; two examples underscore the merits of creating terms mutually
understood among stakeholders.
- The active collaboration required among school
officials, vendors, and policymakers to make sense of terms in ways that make
good on the promise, intent, and guideposts of policy could accelerate the
feedback loop between policy and practice.
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Years ago, a scrappy startup created a diagnostic assessment
that teachers could use in their classrooms. It was cutting-edge, and the
company grew by leaps and bounds—except in one state in the Southeast. It
didn’t matter how many agreeable conversations