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Inspector General to investigate neighboring School Boards

Interesting news out of Tallahasee.

Gov. Charlie Crist’s legal counsel, Jason Gonzalez, today asked the inspector general of the state’s education department to investigate a Northeast Florida school computer system deal worth as much as $3 million. Gonzalez wrote in his letter to Inspector Ed Jordan that the matter was brought to his attention by attorney Edwin Bayo, who provided e-mails and meeting notices suggesting that something was fishy in negotiations between the 15-school board North East Florida Education Consortium and Skyward, a Wisconsin-based firm that produces finance and student-tracking software for schools.

“These documents raise concerns of possible Sunshine Law and other ethics violations,” Gonzalez wrote.

The North East Florida Education Consortium includes Putnam, Nassau, Baker and Union counties, among others.

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