The Benefits of Consortiums

By Charles K. Trainor

Today, with almost every state and local government suffering from reduced tax revenues and mounting deficits, education programs are targeted for significant funding reductions. This is a challenge for school boards, which are under pressure to reduce spending while maintaining quality programs.

Most districts already have taken measures to cope with the new economic realties, cutting programs, spending reserves, and reducing staff. Unfortunately, funding difficulties will continue into the foreseeable future, which has led many districts to form consortiums.

A consortium is an association of two or more organizations participating in a venture that requires substantial resources to achieve a common goal. For decades, districts have used consortiums to offer specialized education programs that are too expensive for individual districts to provide. However, there are many other opportunities to collaborate, and the potential for savings is significant. 

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