"The Department's contracting process was the subject of a City Council committee Wednesday. DOE officials testified they've already saved $17 million by doing business with the big companies.Somebody might want to give a call to either Attanasio or City Council member Letitia James. I bet that if the pitch was "I can show you a way to compete with the big guys", either one would take the call.
'Our role here is to get the best price and the best quality for the schools,' said Department of Education Board Member Photeine Anagnostopoulos.
But Attanasio argues schools will not be receiving the best quality because the out of town suppliers are not in tune with the needs of city students.
'What we really did was create materials for New York. This is where I live. This is where I was born and raised. These are the communities I'm involved in,' said Attanasio.
Attanasio says she's lost nearly 25 percent of business and had to lay off two employees since the rules changed.
As Attanasio's business was cut, she was forced to cut some of her office space by nearly a third.
At the hearing, City Council member Letitia James says a small supplier in her Brooklyn neighborhood is being forced to shut down."
Then you follow up with wikinewspapers to completely replace textbooks. It takes them out of competition with the textbook publishers, and the whole thing comes crashing down.
Lots of clicks. Lots of very nice press. Increase the value of the brand, get great press, sell a box or repurpose a box that is already there. And clicks forever!