Business (Managing K-12 Education)

Smart Buy

Cooperative purchasing helps K-12 school districts keep the shelves fully stocked while saving money.

Hot Tips (Cooperative Purchasing)

Cooperative Procurement for Public Purchasing


Business (Managing K-12 Education)

Should I or Shouldn't I? Facing the Outsourcing Decision

Sometimes it's a more responsible use of resources to contract a service. But how do you know for sure? Here's how to work through the process.

Hot Tips (Purchasing Cooperatives)

How A Purchasing Co-op Can Help

service provider for school repairs

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Meeting the Challenge

How The Department of General Services used a non-profit service provider to assist in monitoring and verification of school repairs during a short timeframe.

Cooperative Purchasing and Contract Services

Business (Managing K-12 Education)

Cooperative Purchasing and Contract Services: Myths Vs. Truths

There are many misperceptions in the K-12 community regarding cooperative purchasing and contract services. Here, we address some of those misperceptions by discussing the myths and truths of both.

Business Practices

Safer Schools

Lowering district costs with ESA partnerships.

Cooperative Purchasing

Cooperative Purchasing

How schools are using it to upgrade security.

Sustainable Purchasing for Schools

Sustainable Purchasing for Schools

This recently released guide provides a host of tools and resources for administrators, teachers and parents concerned with making healthy purchasing decisions that are good for students and the school environment.

Saving Big With Cooperative Purchasing

Business (Managing K-12 Education)

Saving Big With Cooperative Purchasing

Cooperative purchasing allows districts and schools to stretch their limited dollars. Here's how.

taking control of shippin costs

Smart Business & Purchasing

You Better Shop Around

It's time to take control of what you are spending on shipping costs. Since 2006, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) has saved our taxpayers over $1 million negotiating our own transportation contracts.


Business (Managing K-12 Education)

Making the Outsourcing Decision

Strong opinions aside, the truth is that many school districts outsource one or more services, and for reasons that include financial savings, as well as enhancing organizational flexibility, economies of scale, risk avoidance and access to capital invest

Managing Cooperatives

Less work, good prices and higher-quality goods and services — sounds great, but it doesn’t always work great. While purchasing cooperatives will reduce your workload, there is still plenty of work to do. You have to select the right cooperative

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