A recently released memo from the Houston Independent School District's outside law firm details for the first time the gift-giving allegations that landed the district in trouble with the U.S. Department of Justice, costing taxpayers an $850,000 fine and students tens of millions of dollars in technology at their schools, reports the Houston Chronicle. The department accused HISD of violating competitive-bidding rules--arguing that the elaborate freebies could influence who got contracts--and in 2006 froze the district's access to federal funding through the e-Rate program. HISD Superintendent Terry Grier finally settled the case with the federal government in March and, as...

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