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A Very Big Bill

Auditors are going to give a close once-over to the Racine (Wis.) Unified School District's agreement with a private consulting firm that, it turns out, has overbilled the district by $125,000. The firm had been hired to run the district's business office and (ironically) to help it find ways to save money. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported on the matter on May 7. In a May 15 editorial, the Journal Sentinel applauds the district's decision to review its agreement with with the Public Business Consulting Group: "The Racine auditors should look very carefully at this contract. And other districts tempted to hire the group should be equally careful about what they sign," the editorial says. The group's president says he is "mystified" by the overbilling.

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