Helping education entrepreneurs and school leaders navigate the procurement maze | American Enterprise Institute

Key Points

  • 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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