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TC DailyPlanet

July 10th, 2011

By Sheila Reagan

When the Minneapolis Public Schools awarded a no-bid, $15,000 contract to Don Allen, a vitriolic and frequent critic of the Minneapolis Public Schools, lots of people were shocked. While this investigation began with the Don Allen contract, the bigger issue is how the MPS contract system works. How does MPS decide where public money should be spent? How does it choose the best contractor for the job? How do individuals and organizations in the community find out about contract opportunities? Who makes the contract decisions for MPS? How much information and oversight does the Board of Education have? Read more.