Indiana schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s office approved a lucrative technology contract that state government officials said should have been subject to competitive bid, awarding it to a company that later gave one of her key aides a senior job.
The state education department’s point person on the contract was Ritz’s then-spokesman and one-time political adviser, David Galvin, who worked with N2N Services to develop an education app and steer it through the bureaucracy. Soon after, Galvin went to work for N2N Services.
A new spokesman for Ritz said her office was never told about opposition to the arrangement and appropriate procedures were followed.
A version of this article appeared in the September 07, 2016 edition of Education Week as Indiana Chief’s Office Backed App Deal Without Bidding