Acutely aware of how the sudden change or demise of an important technology vendor can wreak havoc on their ed-tech programs, school leaders across North America are watching closely as Toronto-based telecommunications firm Nortel Networks aims to reorganize after filing for bankruptcy protection last month.

So far, all indications suggest it's business as usual for schools that rely on Nortel service or equipment. But after many schools were left with worthless service contracts or unfilled orders after computer supplier MPC Corp. declared bankruptcy and subsequently folded late last year (see "MPC's collapse leaves schools in the lurch"), it's understandable


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