Baltimore schools food bills top $1 million [Pictures]
The school district racked up $1 million in food bills between 2010 and 2012, according to catering bills charged to administrative accounts at central headquarters, which documented daily orders for small-scale staff meetings, large-scale professional development, and parent and community events. School officials defended the bulk of the expenditures as legitimate for community and parent engagement and making work days more efficient for staff. --Erica L. Green
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The purchase orders included a $7,170 professional development lunch for 600 educators that featured a menu of chicken cacciatore, baked ziti and beef brisket BBQ.