Monday, August 28, 2006

The toilet paper will be delivered on time...

... at least that's the promise of a new computer-based procurement system being used in the District's public schools.
[This] fall, school administrators are introducing an electronic procurement system that, they say, could reduce the delivery time for most supplies from weeks or months to days.

In a long-anticipated overhaul aimed at bringing speed and efficiency to the much-maligned purchasing process, administrators are introducing the Procurement Automated Support System, or PASS.

"The stories are replete in terms of students not receiving goods and services on time," Superintendent Clifford B. Janey said. The new system ensures that "we will have goods and services for kids on a timely basis."
The system will cover everything from toilet paper to textbooks. With any luck, delivery of school books after half of the school year has already passed will be a thing of the past.

Oops! Spoke too soon.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't like defending DCPS and its issues with textbooks, but this time around the story about the social studies standards is a whole lot of nothing. For at least a year the bureaucracy has been telling social studies teachers that they would not be adopting new textbooks until the 2007-08 school year and that implementation of the standards would be delayed as a result. The media seem to be latching onto a story that matches past scandals and assuming that this one is as well.

The real scandal about textbooks is that after yearly stories about missing books, many of the schools still cannot provide a book for every student. It kills me that as a teacher I have to tell the kids that they can't take the books home because we don't have enough for everyone. But that story is old news and it's easier to distort what seems like a new story...