Auditor: DC Schools Should Stop Outsourcing Food Service

A report from the District of Columbia auditor said the city's school system should stop turning over food service to outside contractors.

The report released Friday said outsourcing food service has not saved the city money as school officials promised and will continue to cost the system millions of dollars a year.

In their response to the auditor's report, school officials said they continue to oppose bringing food services back in-house. Former schools chancellor Kaya Henderson repeatedly argued that food service was not a "core competency" of the school system.

The system's previous food-service contractor, Chartwells, paid the city $19 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit. The Associated Press later found that weeks after the lawsuit was filed, Henderson asked Chartwells for a $100,000 contribution to a gala honoring teachers.

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