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ERIC Number: EJ840432
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May-13
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Businesses Angle for Share of School Stimulus Aid
McNeil, Michele
Education Week, v28 n31 p1, 22 May 2009
The prospect of sharing in the $100 billion in federal economic-stimulus aid has companies unleashing their sales pitches. Pittsburgh-based Apangea Learning, which offers online one-on-one tutoring, is offering school districts three years' worth of services for the price of two, to "help schools win new federal funding that is part of the Obama administration's estimated $100 billion outlay for additional educational support." And, as an "affordable way to maximize stimulus fund[s]," the technology firm mimio is offering one free mimio wireless tablet with the purchase of three interactive, whiteboard-type systems. For school districts, the pressure is on to spend stimulus money quickly--both to save teachers' jobs and to push reform, while recognizing that this one-time funding runs out after two years. What's more, President Barack Obama has declared that spending must be done with "unprecedented levels of transparency." Given all of those factors, John Musso, the executive director of the Association of School Business Officials International, warns district officials to be cautious in spending this money with outside vendors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I