Office of the Inspector General investigation reveals major problems in Boston Public School textbook buying
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) received a complaint that Boston
Public Schools (BPS) paid significantly more for textbooks because it had failed to
comply with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 30B—the Uniform Procurement Act
(M.G.L. c.30B)—in its purchase of textbooks and other educational materials. This year,
BPS will spend $10,939,670 for textbooks.
The OIG review confirmed that BPS failed to follow M.G.L. c.30B for textbook
procurements and that compliance with M.G.L. c.30B, together with improved policies
and procedures properly followed, could significantly reduce BPS’s textbook expenses.
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From the Office of the Inspector General of Massachusetts