Monday, November 02, 2015

Feds say crooked ex-CPS CEO 'fraudulently' steered $40M text book contract in Detroit

Abandoned Detroit school
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel picked a crook to run the nation's third-largest school system, but he's not getting enough heat for it.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:.

An FBI agent believed corrupt former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett worked to "fraudulently steer" a $40 million contract to one of the country's biggest educational publishers while she worked for the Detroit schools, according to records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

The court documents obtained Monday also show federal law-enforcement authorities suspected two aides who later worked for CPS helped Byrd-Bennett to rig the bidding process in Detroit in favor of Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Last month I wrote on Da Tech Guy blog about the public education racket. This will be the big scandal of the second half of the decade.

Let me clarify something about Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: they are a giant in the overpriced text book world. Oh wait, aren't all text books overpriced?

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