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Boston schools overpay for some books, review finds

State watchdog calls for changes

Anyone searching the Internet could find a copy of “To Kill a Mockingbird’’ on the Barnes & Nobles website for $15.12. But when the Boston School Department bought 100 copies of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book last year, it spent $18.75 per book.

The result: $363 of taxpayers’ money spent unnecessarily because the School Department failed to shop around for the best price, according to an investigation by the state inspector general’s office. While the amount may seem small, that money could have supplied another classroom with a set of novels in these tight budget times.

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