It's a challenging time for state governments and schools. There are an overwhelming number of government provisions whose deadlines for compliance are closing in. Some of these laws have officials concerned. For example, Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) recently said on National Public Radio that The No Child Left Behind Act, which Congress passed in 2002 to reform education, has been underfunded by more than $26 billion. "The funds just aren't there," McCarthy said. For solution providers and VARs, there is no better time to implement the kind of solutions that can save time and money. State-government IT spending is expected to grow to nearly $34 billion by 2006, predicts Fed Sources, a McLean, Va.-based market research firm. Read our cover story about five successful state case studies.