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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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Jacksonville’s Ethics Hotline Cases

The City’s Ethics Officer has released an update on complaints made via the Ethics Hotline. (630-1015, just in case anyone has something they would like to report.) Once again, although the employees of the City (and citizens) are to be commended for reporting behavior that they deemed unethical, it does appear that the majority of these cases seem to be swept under the rug. Among the most recent cases:

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