We posted an earlier news article about a School District improperly spending federal "e-rate" technology funds, and here is another one:
Pomona ( Calif.) Schools Misspend Computer Dollars. The Pomona Unified School District has misspent at least $2.4 million from a taxpayer-funded program to connect schools in low-income areas to the Internet.
Despite federal guidelines prohibiting spending e-rate funds for personal lap top computers for teachers, the district purchased 460 such computers. The district purchased 48 servers for Marshall Middle School. Curtis Lee, director of technology for the Walnut Valley Unified School District said, "There's no reason for a middle school to have 48 servers. In a typical school, you may need one to five servers." In addition, invoices showed that Pomona Unified paid hundreds of dollars more than the retail price for the computers. (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, July 22, 2005.)