Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and state legislators in the House and Senate want to require all the state's school districts to band together in a purchasing pool to lower the cost of technology, supplies, and other goods and services, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Their proposal, called "Minnesota K-12 Shared Service," would require districts to combine their buying power to purchase things such as food, computer equipment, and school buses. All Minnesota public schools and charter schools would have to participate. Schools would have to do their buying from a list of companies approved and compiled by the Minnesota Department


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