Houston school board members no longer can accept unlimited contributions from technology vendors after federal regulators alleged the district violated the competitive bidding and gift-giving rules for the federal e-Rate program, reports the Houston Chronicle. The new policy, which board members discussed May 6, relates to the e-Rate, which allows school districts to apply for discounts on internet access, wiring, and other technology upgrades. Under a legal settlement with the federal government, which HISD Superintendent Terry Grier signed in March, an HISD board member must abstain from voting on e-Rate contracts if he or she has received more than $500...

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