Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Illinois corruption 1/8/13: School lunch fraud in Chicago

I've been tough--deservedly so--on the Chicago Teachers Union. But the Chicago Public Schools needs to be regularly spanked too. The Chicago Tribune tells us about the latest outrage:
A report from the Inspector General's office of Chicago Public Schools released Monday raises concerns that district employees were encouraged to make fraudulent applications for federal free and reduced-price lunch programs.

The IG found that district employees including principals and assistant principals engaged in "widespread, systemic fraud" in making applications for the program, revelations the office first made last year.

The IG's new report also criticized the district for not properly following up on earlier recommendations from the IG's office to provide stricter oversight of vendors and for failing to rescind a residency waiver granted to a top CPS officer.
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