- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some D.C. Council members are questioning the city school system’s choice of a new food-service contractor after the previous vendor had to pay out a $19 million settlement.

Council member Mary Cheh called the proposed contract with SodexoMagic “a horrible deal for the city,” saying Wednesday that the problems the city had with its previous school food provider, Chartwells, could repeat themselves. Council member Elissa Silverman said Sodexo also has a troubled history, noting a $20 million settlement for overcharging school districts in New York state.

The council will vote on the contract on Tuesday. If the deal is rejected, the school system would have to find new vendors on an emergency basis. Council member David Grosso, who chairs the education committee, said the contract will probably be approved.

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