Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Edison Taps "Big Blue" as the Hardware Vendor of Choice in All Its Schools

Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Edison Taps "Big Blue" as the Hardware Vendor of Choice in All Its Schools

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In a blow to Apple, Dell and other computer manufacturers, public school management company Edison Schools announced recently that it was picking IBM to be its exclusive hardware vendor, effective immediately.

All new Edison schools will be outfitted with IBM computers, servers and software, and Edison says it will phase in the conversion of its existing schools to IBM equipment. Currently, the for-profit company manages about 80 K-12 schools in 16 states, educating more than 40,000 students.

During the next year, Edison expects to spend about $4.3 million to begin buying the new technology, which will include the purchase of new computers for every student starting at the third grade level, and all faculty and administrators at all Edison schools. IBM and Edison will also collaborate on developing a new generation of technology devices for schools.

Since its creation nearly 10 years ago, Edison Schools has grown steadily but has still been met with some resistance by educators and the public ("Whittle's Edison Schools Gains Ground," CURRICULUM ADMINISTRATOR, February 2000, p. 9). So the deal with IBM should help push Edison's image toward being a technologically advanced alternative to traditional public schools. …

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