Peculiar Spending at MPS Continues

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MacIver News Service

[Milwaukee, Wisc…] Milwaukee Public School’s spending practices continue to come under scrutiny.

Last month, MPS spent $1,000 for gardening classes and nearly $5,000 for a private investigator. We detail several peculiar expenditures including nearly $5,000 for band marching instruction and a similar amount to mentor student sin the Ambassadors for Peace project.

The MacIver News Graphic, above, includes only some of the expenditures to vendors from September 1 through October 1, 2010. We have run this regular feature at MacIver News since April. However, anyone can can examine the MPS checkbook for themselves, at anytime, online.

MPS spending is a web tool developed by Milwaukee Public Schools to allow the public to review and analyze school district spending. The site allows users to examine spending by several criteria, including school or department, funding type (Board or categorical funds) and vendor. The tool tracks expenditures that are processed through accounts payable. It does not track contract amounts or budgets.