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Fighting an age-old stereotype is tough-just ask a media center specialist.

"Where's the best place to spend our money-Pre-K programs? Bonuses for teacher recruitment?" As of last spring, most state policy makers who consulted Mike Griffith, a policy analyst at the Education Commission of the States, had questions like these.

Despite the many demands on schools today, districts are finding they don't have to go it alone. Parents and other community members not only like to be informed and involved-they expect it.