Capping a year and a half of frustration, officials at Maryland's Montgomery County Public Schools (K-12, enr. 131,000) announced they would discontinue use of a $4 million student information system from the Canadian firm Administrative Assistants Ltd. because it failed to meet their expectations.

Though officials were hesitant to assess blame for the failed project, a district spokesman cited "a long list of problems with the software itself" as the main reason for the decision. Company

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