Today's news is dominated by items from the annual OIG report, though I'm not sure that's really the biggest news of the day. Scroll down to read about yesterday's sit in and don't forget that tonight is the monthly WBEZ call-in show with Jean Claude Brizard and tomorrow is one of the school closing meetings CPS is holding before making final decisions later on this winter.
Report details improper pay to substitute teachers, teacher helping kids view porn Sun Times: Those are just two findings — among dozens — included in the Office of the Inspector General’s 2011 report on investigations into possible waste, fraud, misconduct and financial mismanagement in Chicago public education.
CPS Overpaid Subs $1.13M: Report Fox: The inspector general for Chicago Public Schools says retired teachers working as substitutes improperly collected $1.13 million in benefits between 2007 and 2011.
CPS inspector general says employee stole funds to buy condoms, champagne Tribune: Condoms, champagne, chocolate and a mattress are not usually on the procurement list for school supplies. But an internal investigation at Chicago Public Schools released Wednesday alleges that a manager stole thousands of district dollars in a scheme...
Report Details CPS Free Lunch Fraud, Improper Financial Benefits CBS: The inspector general of the Chicago Public Schools has issued a devastating report on financial and other abuses in the public school system.
Chicago Teachers Union Holds Sit-In At City Hall Chicagoist: The Chicago Teachers Union held a sit-in at City Hall today to protest the mayor's plan to close a number of Chicago Public Schools.
Protesters speak out against school closings, turnarounds Catalyst: Bettie Dancy tells the crowd that she is worried about sending her grandchildren, who attend schools slated for closing, to other neighborhoods because of the threat of gang violence. The City of Chicago will no longer “short-change black and brown children,” she asserted. “The direction of education in this city must change." She closes her remarks with “Our schools will remain open.”
Boy, 15, fatally shot on South Side Sun Times: A 15-year-old boy was fatally shot Wednesday night in the South Side Back of the Yards neighborhood, police said. The times was found shot multiple times at 8:11 p.m. on a porch in the 5700 block of South Laflin, police said.