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Recommendation - 5.2

All learners will have engaging and empowering learning experiences both in and outside of school that prepare them to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally networked society.

To meet this goal, we recommend the following action:

5.2 Recommendation: Improve policies and use technology to manage costs including those for procurement.

The education sector has not incorporated many of the practices other sectors regularly use to manage costs and improve productivity, a number of which are enabled or enhanced by technology. The Department of Education should encourage states to adopt common cost accounting standards to allow benchmarking and analysis of costs. In the short term, the Department should provide a platform for sharing strategies for cost saving and productivity improvement and highlight policies at the federal, state and local level that may inhibit progress, for example, in procurement.

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