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The superintendent of the Milwaukee public schools has ordered a freeze for 120 days on all major purchases of technology and has barred employees from attending events paid for by computer manufacturers.

The orders from Robert S. Peterkin and John J. Peterburs, the district's business manager, come in the wake of controversy over a visit several district officials made to the educational division of the International Business Machines Corporation in Atlanta. The computer firm paid the officials' expenses during the visit, which was conducted to display ibm computer systems for schools.

The district currently does not have a formal policy to guide employees in their dealings with potential vendors.

At its meeting this month, the school board is scheduled to consider a code of ethics that would restrict the amount of gratuities and limit the amount of paid travel and other gifts employees may accept from firms that seek to do business with the district.

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