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A sweetheart deal may turn out to be less of a bargain if you end up paying a lot of unexpected costs down the line.

To help make sense of the market, here’s an insider’s guide on used computer standards:

What's your refurbished computer’s pedigree? Knowing where it came from can help determine how well it may perform, and for how long.


Deciding between new or used computers? Here’s a rundown on the benefits of buying refurbished equipment:

- Savings. Costs are typically half to a third that of new equipment, so districts can afford to put more computers in the hands of students.

Tight budgets are convincing many K12 districts to turn to refurbished computers as a way to get more technology into the hands of more students.



The stimulus bill charges newly appointed FCC chairman Julius Genachowski with creating a national broadband plan by February 2010.

Serving over 19,000 students in 30 schools, the Beaufort County School District is located in one of South Carolina’s fastest-growing counties.



U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan gave the keynote address at the third annual Superintendents’ Symposium organized by testing agency ACT and school improvement solutions company America’s Choice, which had a theme of improving the college and career readiness of graduating high school seniors. National 2009 ACT scores released in August found just 23 percent of the record 1.5 million graduating seniors who took the test met all four college readiness benchmarks in English, math, reading and science, and just 70 percent took a core curriculum.

For overworked guidance counselors, students seeking detailed and relevant information about colleges, and parents looking for advice on issues such as financial aid and standardized tests, virtual college fairs can help.

Guidance counselors in particular could use a little help. Despite the American School Counselor Association’s recommendation of a 250:1 student-to-counselor ratio, the national average for 2006-2007 was 475:1—and that was before the recession forced many districts to cut counselor positions or leave vacancies unfilled.