New rules adopted recently in Texas and Georgia--and being considered in at least 10 other states--could force school systems in those states to cut back their spending on IT staffing and infrastructural needs, among other administrative expenses, as they seek to comply with a mandate to allocate 65 percent of their operating budgets for instruction.

Texas and Georgia are among the first states to have adopted the so-called "65-percent solution," a nationwide movement that purportedly aims to make public schools more financially efficient. Billed by its supporters as a way to boost student achievement by


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