As schools drop out, Minnesota tech collaborative faces uncertain future

Dec 5, 2017 by

A collaborative that for 50 years has helped outfit many of Minnesota’s schools with the latest in technology suddenly faces an uncertain future.

The 48 member districts that make up Technology Information and Educational Services, or TIES, will decide in January if the organization should update its business model to stay relevant or begin the two-year process of closing up shop. The move comes after TIES raised membership fees by 67 percent and more than a quarter of its members signaled they plan to leave.

“We are not the only gig in town anymore,” said Dan Luth, chair of the TIES executive committee, noting that districts can now choose from a plethora of educational technology now on the market. “We have found more and more districts are exercising that choice.”

Since 1967, TIES has provided tools to help districts manage finances and student information. It recent years, the collaborative has become a technology training resource for its members and roughly 200 other districts across Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.

Source: As schools drop out, Minnesota tech collaborative faces uncertain future – Twin Cities

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