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    Posted April 23, 2009 by
    SpaceyG
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    Atlanta
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Are your schools all they could be?

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    When Everyone's Going Digital, Atlanta Public Schools Turn To Print

     

    The above photo displays the dubious fate of a brand new newspaper suddenly being produced (at what cost?) by the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) system. It was taken 4-21-09.

     

    This Vol. 1 newspaper product lists a two-page directory of APS administration names in the back - yet not a single e-mail address is included in that contact information.

     

    Yet APS has spent millions of dollars on technology over the last few years - with some of those seeking technology-related contracts now in jail. More on that issue here:

    http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/public/press_releases/2008/240669.htm

     

    The dubious method of distribution for this new paper product? Kids' backpacks.

     

    Could this be another example of wasteful contracting in the Atlanta Public Schools?

     

    FYI... I put in a call to the (Boston/NY) company contracted (was there a bidding process?) to produce this paper product for APS, and a call to the Communications Dept. for APS. No one has returned my calls as of 4-23-09.

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