The Chicago Tribune reports on a Chicago Public Schools program called Tech-XL, in which schools can spend their own discretionary money with a centralized IT department rather than individual vendors. CPS Chief Information Officer Robert Runcie has specifically modeled the district’s optional Tech-XL program along the lines of a business, as schools pay $10 per month per computer for unlimited tech support over the full life-cycle of the machine. About 260 CPS schools are already participating in the program, which launched in February.