District officials claimed they gave the newspaper copies of the contracts for all the consultants paid by the school district, but they didn't.Click here to read the whole story for a classic example of why bureaucracy is often more opaque than it is transparent.
While district officials provided a list of 130 consultants, the envelope handed to a reporter by a school district security guard on March 11 at the East St. Louis School District headquarters contained only 51 contracts.
Since that time, the newspaper independently confirmed through public financial documents for the academic years 2005-06 and 2006-07 that additional contracts existed.
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