Investigators Say Chicago Schools Left Computer Equipment Unused

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Congressional investigators say the Chicago Public School District allowed $5 million worth of computer equipment to languish in a warehouse for years.

The investigators sent a letter yesterday to Chicago schools chief Arne Duncan. The letter requests audit records related to the district's participation in the federal "E-rate" program.

The U.S. Congress created the Education Rate program to ensure communication services for low-income and rural schools. Congress is looking at Chicago and other urban school districts for possible waste.

Investigators say the computers in question were purchased by SBC Corporation with money from the federal program. A spokeswoman for Chicago Public Schools says the district is looking into the committee's findings.

She says the district plans to comply with all the government's requests.