Like most school systems across the nation, Denver Public Schools operates in an increasingly cash-strapped environment. For years, the district's state-allocated funds have not matched inflation. Administrators have turned to technology to help provide better service to employees and concurrently reduce costs.

"Our mission is to educate children," said Andre Pettigrew, assistant superintendent for administrative services. "So as budgets shrink, we try to limit the direct impact on the classroom. Yet, we still have to pay all of the district staff, and pay them correctly."

To protect the classroom...

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