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Contract Commons: Online Legal Support for Education Technology Acquisitions. New York Law School Marcey Grigsby Smita Gulivindala Natalie Porto Brian Robinson. Presentation Outline. The Problem Our Assignment Our Client Our Five-Step Approach Contract Commons Strategy Next Steps.
New York Law School
Contract negotiator > School district rep or administrator; negotiates contract with software vendor
Vendor sales rep > Software vendor’s sales rep; negotiates with school on behalf of vendor
Attorney > School district’s inside or outside counsel; legal review of contract
Technology user > School district personnel; will use the software/technology upon installation
Policymaker > School board member or state/local educational policymaker; sets policies that require software or technology solutions
Consultant/CIO > Educational consultant or school CIO responsible for identifying software/tech solutions in support of policies and initiatives
Example: Benefits for Contract Negotiators
We identified four primary processes that would support the target audiences
-- Manager, Research & Assessment,
California school district of 45,000 children
Small School District, California
“If I’d had a good model contract, I could have stood alone better and handled the negotiations on my own.”
-- Director of Educational Services in Tennessee
“We knew we needed our reports to print out in the color-coding to which we had all become accustomed, but we didn’t think to put it in the contract. Once the deal was inked, the vendor could not or would not modify the software to produce the color-coded reports.”
Northern California School District
Reading the Contract
Making the Deal
Choose a Solution
Budgeting and Planning
Working as a TeamWhat is Contract Commons?
An online system to assist school district personnel, vendors and their lawyers in negotiating and drafting technology and software agreements.
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