$10,000 in discounts for parent-teacher communication tools

MainBrain Inc., which makes web-based software to improve parent-teacher communication, is giving grants of more than $10,000 to select schools in North Carolina so they can acquire the company’s software at cost. The company’s flagship product, MainBrain School, provides parents with access to information about the school, classes, and grades. The software reportedly can send alerts about school closings, grades, absences, or upcoming special events directly to a parent’s eMail account or cell phone; allow parents to fill out and return permission slips online; easily update and manage the school’s home page with current events and information; and enable users to create web pages for classes, sports, clubs, and other activities simply by pointing and clicking, putting everything from cafeteria schedules to homework assignments online.

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