D.C. education agency spends $90,000 on one-day conference

Cardozo High School in Washington D.C.

A D.C. education agency paid nearly $90,000 to a Chicago-based consulting firm for one day's worth of work at a September education conference, according to a Washington Post report.

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education paid $89,995 to SPC Consulting for a 30-minute keynote address, three 45-minute parent workshops and hundreds of parenting books, all without taking bids from other firms. The fee paid to SPC Consulting, the Post report said, is roughly $12,000 more than the average salary for a teacher in D.C.'s public schools.

Office of the State Superintendent of Education Chief of Staff Jose Alvarez said that the office's high rate of turnover forced him to scramble to arrange the conference without seeking out multiple bidders.

“It wouldn’t happen under normal circumstances, and it’s not going to happen again,” Alvarez said to the Post. “I can guarantee you it could have been absolutely better, and we’re going to do it better.”

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