Lying, stealing, smoking drugs, and abusing kids.
No, I’m not talking about the occupants of Chicago’s jails. I’m talking about the city’s public school employees. The Chicago public school system’s annual report makes the school district sound more like a crime syndicate than a place to educate children.
Chicago Public Schools employees engaged in improper political activity, stole kids’ museum passes to sell online, smoked marijuana with students, and stole money meant for cheerleader uniforms, according to a year-long review. The school system’s inspector general released its annual report on Monday. The report offers a summary of investigations conducted by the inspector general in fiscal year 2015, which included the uncovering of a multi-million-dollar fraudulent kickback scheme by Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the school system’s CEO.
The inspector general also found that teachers abused their access to make tax-exempt purchases for big-screen televisions, iPads, and DVD boxed sets of The Three Stooges. Twelve teachers and a school nurse made $101,500 worth of tax-free purchases at a big-box retailer using the school system’s tax-exempt status. Most of the purchases were for personal items, including home-theater systems, tablets, cell phones, and refrigerators. One teacher spent $5,100, including $1,100 for a MacBook Air, $300 for an iPhone, $800 for a television, and seasons of Breaking Bad, which he justified as being able to show to his students in class.
It gets worse. Aside from abusing access to tax-exempt purchases, some teachers flat out stole tens of thousands of dollars in school resources meant for the children.
The inspector general exposed other acts of fraud and illegal activity by school employees, including a clerk at a charter school who stole nearly $3,000 worth of local museum passes meant to reward children for attending the first day of school and tried to sell them online.
… A high school administrative assistant stole $740 in cash meant to purchase cheerleading and school spirit apparel, a custodian stole team uniforms to sell online, and a school security officer stole office furniture to sell it as scrap. An executive assistant also “stole at least $33,948 from [Chicago Public Schools] through fraudulent overtime payments she made to herself.”
This is absolutely appalling. What do these so-called educators have to say for themselves?
These people aren’t teachers, they’re thieves, and should be fired immediately and forced to pay the full amount of what they stole back to the school.
Unfortunately, I wouldn’t expect to see much accountability from city officials, who care more about the teacher’s union vote than they do about the welfare of Chicago’s students.