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You Won’t Believe What Chicago Teachers Were Doing with Students

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.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

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.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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