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Resource ID: #21980
Subject: Schools
Source: Detroit Free Press
Date: Jan. 29-30



The Detroit Free Press reviewed more than 12,000 pages of records from an affluent school district and found that the district was wasting millions of dollars that were intended for special education students and instead spent the money on private-industry deals. James Redmond, the former superintendent, and other district officials created companies that provided worthless services and unused equipment, they fooled taxpayers into paying more money and then spent the money on a building that was meant to headquarter their private enterprise deals. After Redmond's reign as superintendent, the once-prosperous district is $20.4 million in debt.

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