How KIPP San Antonio Got a Handle on Procurement

Charter school network CFO tells a still-unfolding story of the fits, starts, frustrations and triumphs that have accompanied implementation of the organization’s new purchasing policy   Bringing a coherent, transparent procurement policy to an organization that has long lacked one, then getting people to actually follow that...

Furniture Procurement Done Right, Part 2

Building a good, solid, durable piece of furniture requires attention to detail and a grasp of the intricacies involved. The same can be said for the process of purchasing furniture for a charter school, says Karen Volner, National Business Development Director, Furniture, for the State/Local...

Furniture Procurement Done Right, Part 1

Of all the items on a charter school’s lengthy procurement shopping list, furniture has to be among the simplest to purchase, right? After all, how much nuance could there be to buying chairs, desks, storage cabinets and the like? Plenty, it turns out. “I would never...

How Uplift Education of Texas Is Raising Its Procurement Game

Procurement director for large charter network details steps toward a more centralized and transparent purchasing operation   It's been a busy year-and-half for Stephen Parmer, who, since taking over as head of procurement for Uplift Education, the largest charter school network in North Texas, in early 2016,...

Six Best Practices for Charter School Procurement

If procurement is part of your job description, then you know just how high the stakes are with the purchasing decisions you make on behalf of your school or school network, and just how important due diligence is in the procurement process. Part of that due...

The Right Way to Pay: Restoring Method to the Payment Madness

I'm here to share some advice on a problem that charter schools of all types face: choosing the right payment method for the supplies and services they purchase. In my work at EdTec, supporting all types of charter schools, I often see the same problems around...

A Quick-Reference Guide for Charter School Procurement Compliance

With multiple layers of procurement rules, policies and reporting requirements to navigate, compliance may seem like a trip through Dante’s Inferno for school procurement people. But as much of a headache as figuring out and following all those rules and regs can be, the process...