The Recession Is Over, So Why Are School Districts Still Slashing Budgets?

The ugly headlines from three of the nation’s largest cities are symptoms of a much greater, more widespread problem, experts say. At a time when big-city public school responsibilities are growing, school budget coffers hard hit by the recession are running dry, and state-level lawmakers don’t seem to have the political will to fill them up.

Read the full article here

TMS receives additional certification in procurement

Congrats to Crystal Fairman for passing the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General’s Charter School Procurement Seminar.

Described as follows:

This two-day seminar was developed to assist charter schools in satisfying the requirement (Section 11 of Chapter 46 of the Acts of 1997) that certain charter school administrators earn a Massachusetts public purchasing official certificate. Charter schools are subject to some state procurement laws, are exempt from others, and are always responsible for sound business practices and best value procurement. Efficient, effective and ethical contracting practices are essential for charter schools working to achieve their goals and objectives in a cost-effective manner. This seminar concludes with an examination. The course includes the following topics:

  • Massachusetts procurement laws for Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth charter schools
  • DESE expectations and recommended procurement practices
  • Overview of legal requirements for public contracts
  • Procuring supplies or services
  • Acquiring or disposing of real property
  • Legal requirements and best practices for procuring design and construction services