In its efforts to upgrade technology in the state's school districts, the Massachusetts Department of Education's technology department squandered millions of dollars on consultants and questionable expenditures—such as flowers, home internet connections, food, and parties—according to a state audit issued March 21.

The department was first criticized in an Administration and Finance Department review last year, following a report by the Eagle-Tribune of Lawrence, Mass., on the group's accounting and hiring practices. ...

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