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How a Colorado school district created a healthier culture

Glenn E. Gustafson and Jessica Reijgers
September, 2016
Glenn E. Gustafson is chief financial officer and Jessica Reijgers is employee benefits manager for Colorado Springs District 11.

School districts have struggled for many years with the escalating cost of healthcare. Do you have to reduce benefits to be affordable? Do you have to shift costs between the district and the employee? Is there a better way? In Colorado Springs School District 11, we think we have found one.

High school career center creates statewide robotics pipeline

Ritch Ramey
August, 2016
Ritch Ramey is the RAMTEC coordinator at the Tri-Rivers Career Center.

Local companies told the Tri-Rivers Career Center, a voc-tech high school in Ohio, there weren’t enough skilled workers entering the trades, especially manufacturing. So the career center launched the Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative to help meet skilled labor needs.

Zoology and botany magnet school comes to Miami-Dade County

Ariana Fine
July, 2016
Sophomores take their annual slough slogging expedition at Everglades National Park, left, as they explore how slight changes in elevation and water chemistry can drastically modify the terrain and biodiversity.

Miami-Dade County’s BioTECH @ Richmond Heights—a conservation-biology-focused STEM high school that opened in 2014-15 with help from an $11 million federal grant—focuses on zoology, botany, genetics, ecology, chemistry and environmental sciences.

Amazon brings its heft to school procurement

Matt Zalaznick
June, 2016
Procurement is only the latest big step Amazon has taken into education. Earlier this year, it launched an online clearinghouse for open-education resources. (Photo:

Administrators, teachers and other school personnel have been ordering supplies from for years, but the e-tailing colossus has now jumped formally into the education procurement market. And some in the procurement business see benefits.

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