I guess I wasn't envisioning a central Google World for Vermont educational community but rather a lot of our very own Google Worlds (Educational Domains). The centralization that would be beneficial would be in bulk purchasing power for equipment/netbooks, etc...
From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Raymond Ballou
Sent: Friday, April 30, 2010 1:02 PM
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Subject: Re: Oregon Makes Google Apps for Education available statewide
the article doesn't actually mention any cost savings to the school's
"state is hoping to save $1.5 million each year on email costs"
I doubt our DOE is spending $1.5m on email.
Likely school funding is different in OR.
I know the article says the OR GAEE rollout is voluntary.
I am not threadcrapping, just saying that not EVERYTHING runs more
efficiently in a centralized fashion.
Really seems that the momentum is accelerating on centralization (SIS, sped
software, governance, REDs) and away from local control.
The state already has contract pricing (you mention bulk which is another
animal entirely) for many things, see here
>Why can't Vermont do this? Not to mention, bulk purchases of EVERYTHING--