New Nonprofit TEC Aims to Help Districts Negotiate Fair Prices, Starting with iPads

IS THE PRICE RIGHT? How do school districts acquire information to negotiate fair prices on edtech deals? A new nonprofit aims to answer. Per its mission statement, the Technology for Education Consortium aims to bring "transparency, efficiency and collaboration to K-12 schools engaged in evaluating and purchasing edtech products and services."

During a SXSWedu panel moderated by our very own Leonard Medlock, Harold O. Levy, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and a former New York City public schools chancellor, announced the TEC, a Gates Foundation-funded nonprofit.

TEC already claims six of the 10 largest districts in the country as clients, according to The Hechinger Report, though it plans to help districts of all sizes. Its first order of business is to help these clients negotiate fair prices when purchasing iPads. The nonprofit has said the prices for identical devices range from $367 to $499.

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