It appears with update 59 of ChromeOS for Chromebooks, you can now add printers manually to a Chromebook just like you would an network printer to Windows. No longer do you have invoke the ancient scrolls of CUPS extension and perform a ritual sacrifice in order print something from your HP 14 or Acer R11. Google Cloud Print just doesn’t work all the time and is a pain to deploy across a school or group of users.
To access the print features simply go Chromebook Settings-Printer-Add Printer. Presto! Connect your classroom printers through local network configuration or USB to your hearts desire.
Another great option if you wanna throw in your bag of tricks is a great Chrome extension IPPS/CUPS printer extension for Chrome which is a simple UI that allows you to connect to a wifi enabled printer. There is also a Google Admin version for mass deployment.
Forward to your CTO and you might even get an extra mouseball or RAM stick in your Christmas stocking.
How do you manage your printers in class or at your school?