Arizona officials are investigating a million-dollar contract between the Tucson Unified School District and a company that makes interactive whiteboards, looking into whether the district received inappropriate perks after it awarded the lucrative contract, reports the Arizona Daily Star. State investigators are asking questions about an educational summit and conference the company held in Tucson after receiving the contract–including free lodging at a high-end resort for five Tucson employees and paid positions for four others, according to documents obtained by the Daily Star and interviews with sources close to the inquiry. The latest examination piggybacks on an earlier investigation the office began after wide-scale problems in Tucson’s technology department surfaced, including whether preferential treatment was granted to at least one vendor because of the relationship between its president and the district’s then-technology director. That investigation has kept the district from being eligible for tens of millions of dollars in federal money necessary to update its aging technology systems. Tucson officials strongly deny any wrongdoing in the purchases of the whiteboards, saying they’re being unfairly targeted for simply going with the best company–one that has given them a high-quality product that they’re moving toward putting in every upper-level classroom…

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