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Re: [school-discuss] Open Source for America

Bill.  This certainly fits with my experience.  Must put in the kit.

Joel, thanks for the open source 4 (north) America reference.   I've written them a short note asking how we might join.  If anyone knows of other such groups, go ahead and join them and represent us there.  Report on this list, of course.

Thank you,


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    Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2012 12:50:42 -0700
    From: Bill Ries-Knight <steelhoof@xxxxxxxxx>
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I have done the "tell the school board the cost savings" routine and discovered the issue is they will almost always defer to the mindset of the IT dept of the school districts.

The folks that manage IT for schools have a lot to do and need change as much as they need another reduction in funding.

What will happen, in the minds of the it dept, is a change in software will cost more resources because people need to learn new stuff.  What they don't see is the change is transitional and will be short lived, but the resistance by staff will be high.

Find a way of conveying the cost over 2 or three years rather than immediate savings and the message is likely to have a better chance.

On Sat, Mar 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM, Joel Kahn <jj2kk4@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Marilyn mentioned the possibility of a ¨Save Teacher Jobs, Use Open Source Software¨ campaign.
I believe this is one area where SchoolForge could collaborate with Open Source for America:


I don't yet see SchoolForge listed on OSFA's list of Organizational Members:


Something to think about.


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