Texas's Fort Worth Independent School District (K-12, enr. 78,000) has brokered a creative deal with two software companies that takes advantage of the competition for school technology dollars.

Riverdeep Interactive Learning of Cambridge, Mass., and JRL Enterprises of New Orleans each have offered their software and computers to the district for a free 18-month trial. If the software helps increase Fort Worth's math scores, the district would buy the programs for $3 million each and also help promote the companies' products.

"This came about because we were looking to


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