K-12 spending waste

5 Uncomfortable Truths About Waste in School Spending

When educators have a need for a product or service, they face a procurement lag. By the time the purchase is researched, budgeted, evaluated, approved, and ultimately acquired, the need may no longer even exist. At the same time, budget logistics mean educators often concentrate their spending at the end of a fiscal year, simply to use up remaining dollars. Despite more awareness of these problems in procurement, increased transparency and efficacy in school spending has a long way to go. In the meantime, these 5 uncomfortable truths about school spending waste hold true:

K-12 district purchasing silos

The Case for Decentralizing K-12 Purchasing

Imagine what would be possible if more K-12 professionals were empowered to contribute to their school buying practices. We’d see more motivated roll-out and less waste, because only the best and right products would make it into classrooms. And we would see a higher output of product usage attached to achievement. Most importantly, we could save educators the time and energy needed to do what matters: supporting students.

Department of Education

EDGAR’s Strict Competition Rules: What You Need to Know (ASBO)

Because “new EDGAR” rules already affect most purchases, school business officials should monitor their own implementation procedures through the entire life cycle of federal awards—including pre- and post-award procedures, cost principles, and even audit requirements. Many of the new rules reiterate previous statutes, but others significantly raise standards on oversight and accountability. Throughout the process, the rules make it clear that districts need to exercise due diligence to ensure that their purchases are sufficiently competitive.