State says Boston public schools overspending on book purchases

Boston Globe – “The Boston School Department has routinely skirted state bidding laws in buying novels, plays, and other books, causing it to potentially spend hundreds of thousands of dollars more than necessary, according to an investigation by the state Inspector General’s Office. In many instances, the School Department paid more for the books than what members of the general public would spend when they buy them on the websites of national retailers, including some of the same vendors that the School Department uses, the investigation found.”

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