Which Admins Got Pulled?*

Is your principal or AP in the office today?  Together, maybe we can figure out who’s been pulled out.  You see, CPS and OIG just announced the removal of 12 principals and APs for falsifying free lunch forms, but won’t say which schools or administrators.  Which seems like a sort of ridiculous thing to do — announce the removal but not say whom.

*UPDATED With Tribune and AP stories.  Seriously. They were falsifying their own kids’ lunch forms, not that of students in their schools (which is what I had assumed).   And one of them is a network chief.

Due process is great, but it doesn’t guarantee anonymity.  And the news that only half of the folks who got into trouble for doing this last year at North Grand were terminated or resigned – and remain unnamed — generates little confidence.  You get arrested for DUI after hours and your mug shot goes into the paper, whether you end up being cleared or not.  Do wrong in CPS and they’ll keep your name private even if you’re suspended or fired.  No wonder folks keep doing wrong.

Now quick, call the office and see if anyone’s there.  Report back here.

Chicago Public Schools employees accused of abusing free lunch program Tribune: CPS declined to release the names of those accused Friday, but Sullivan said the tally includes six principals, 13 assistant principals, one resident principal, a school counselor and a former principal who is now a deputy network chief.

CPS: 12 Chicago principals abused lunch program: Inspector General Paul Sullivan said the forms were completed at the schools that the administrators’ children attended, not necessarily where the principals worked, indicating their children qualified for the federal meal program, which is based on income and family size.

Northwest Herald | CPS says 12 principals abused free-lunch program: Inspector General James Sullivan says his office has found 55 CPS employees who’ve falsified lunch forms in the past four years, but the alleged involvement of the principals proves the problem is systemic.


CPS, Inspector General Announce Removal of 12 Principals and Assistant Principals In Ongoing Probe Into Free/Reduced Lunch Fraud

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) today jointly announced that 12 principals and assistant principals are being removed from their posts pending due process hearings for allegedly falsifying free and reduced lunch forms for their own children.

The pull-outs of these principals and assistant principals are part of an ongoing investigation into fraud involving the forms that entitle children to receive lunch either without charge or at a reduced rate under a federal meals program.

“The investigation by the OIG has uncovered continuing fraud in this program and we will not stand for any lapse in ethical judgment by our school leaders,” said CPS Chief Executive Officer Jean-Claude Brizard. “CPS employees have an obligation to the students, families and taxpayers of this District to hold themselves to the highest ethical standards. We simply cannot, and will not, allow any employee to break the trust that parents and children of this District place in us every day.”

“All public employee misconduct is disturbing, but when high-paid administrators are involved in lying to get a little extra for themselves and the schools it proves that the problem is systemic and must be dealt with by CPS and its federal funding sources,” said Inspector General James Sullivan. “With these newest cases, the OIG has now uncovered 55 CPS employees in the last four years involved in falsifying lunch form data.”

The names and schools of the principals and assistant principals are not being released immediately pending due process hearings related to their pull-outs. They face disciplinary action up to and including termination.  CPS officials will work with Network Chiefs of Schools to ensure that interim principals are installed at schools as needed.

Students qualify for free or reduced lunch based on family size and income. During the 2011-12 school year, students in a family of four qualified for free lunch if their family income was less than $29,055; students in a family of four qualify for reduced rate lunch if their family income is below $41,348.

The OIG findings followed an analysis of records from the 2009-10 school year to the present, although some of the records reviewed preceded that period.

The investigation showed that the principals and assistant principals were completing the forms for their children at the schools they attended, not necessarily the schools which were led by those principals and assistant principals who are implicated.

CPS will continue to work with the OIG in this ongoing investigation and will provide any requested information on school-based staff as well as Central Office and officer-level personnel. The District will also begin matching data from the employee database and student records database to ensure that employees are making accurate representations on lunch forms in the future.

The actions being taken today are a continuation of the ongoing OIG investigation. In June 2011, the OIG reported on serious issues at a high school, later identified as North Grand High School, which included rampant lunch form falsification.

The OIG identified 14 CPS employees who falsified lunch forms for their children who attended the high school and other schools. Of those, five were terminated by the Chicago Board of Education, two resigned in lieu of termination hearings, one termination case is still pending with the Illinois State Board of Education, and six employees have been suspended or are still facing disciplinary action.

“We are working aggressively with the Inspector General, and these actions should send a clear message to anyone who would even consider trying to game the system. These findings are a serious breach of responsibility which we frankly will not stand for,” Brizard said. “We will continue to cooperate with the OIG and take additional actions as warranted, as well as reviewing all elements of the process by which we certify free and reduced lunch forms.”

The Chicago Public Schools serves approximately 402,000 students in more than 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school system.



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  • These are our leaders!
    Where is the integrity?
    So, they think it is appropriate to teach their own children to lie.
    Yet, these are the people who are entrusted with teacher evaluations. Now the inspector's office needs to investigate how special education monies are distributed in each school.

  • Interesting how the papers scandalize 12 small potatoes principals for allegedly falsifying lunch forms, while Cawley & Co. falsify an entire multi-billion dollar district budget. With just a little help from our local media, a little help from a gullible public, and Chicago marches on as the Number 1, most corrupt city in the nation.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Um, not sure what newspapers and editorials you were reading, but CPS got ripped pretty badly by the Trib, Sun-Times and Crain's about the budget.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Um, and what exactly did you learn about the CPS budget by reading the Trib, Sun-Times and Crains? I'm guessing, not much

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Chicago Tribune Reportorial Corruption

    Tribune publication of plagiarized and falsely bylined ‘news’


  • mr brooklyn riddle me this: the river jordan are my beginnings but the Algonquian show'd me how to raft.

  • Two things seem to bother the people I've talked with. One is having an understanding as to why U.S. Student performance is the way it is compared to other countries. Second, why present solutions seem disjointed from a well thought policy.

    The Common Core seems to be this week's answer, but how is it different from how kids were taught when the US put a man on the moon. What were we doing different then and now, on a nationL basis?

    To the second, a longer school day seems like an answer looking for a question. It's like saying that the Bulls should only draft 7 footers because 7 footers seem to be better at the game. Are there curricula that take a longer time to accomplish, and without the additional time, teachers are handicapped?

    It seems both CPS and CTU can better promote what their visions are.

  • In reply to LTwain:

    why is this so difficult for people to understand - a very simple comparision is all it should take

  • LTwain, you might want to re-post this in the "Budget Hearing Boos" article.

  • LTwain - every time a new CEO comes along they make changes touted as reform that have no significance on the root of the problem of low test scores. Cohort test scores year-to-year are supposed to measure whether or not a student is making the appropriate progression towards being college ready and a decent ACT score. 8th grade standards have been manipulated so much that students who aren't close to real progression towards a decent ACT score are able to pass the 8th grade class but when it comes to Plan, Explore, and ACT testing, they bomb. Illinois can't manipulate the ACT testing since it is a national test so that is why you see a huge discrepancy between elementary scores and high school scores. They only way to measure real progress in a school district is to look at the district's ACT score progression.

    Textbooks were developed on the assumption that students not only learn in the classroom but also outside the classroom for homework. These students these assumptions were based around were white students who came from stable educated backgrounds, not black students who lived in poverty. Students who don't learn at home are not going to keep pace with those students who do learn at home. Testing simply separates those students who study at home and those who don't, not those students who have good teachers and those who don't.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    District299reader, I think you're right when you say that root causes aren't looked at too carefully. It's talked about a lot, it's in the SIPAA and CIWP. But I'm not sure there's a rigorous approach. I imagine the research is what the root causes boil down to, but why can't a theory be developed whose solutions are truly implemented to fidelity. Maybe that's also what's missing, implementations to fidelity. Maybe that's what administrators and teachers should be held accountable: implementations, not test scores.

    It's interesting what you say about learning outside the classroom and homework. I keep hearing that homework is being reduced. From what you're saying, maybe we should be finding ways to improve the quality of homework (work at home) that doesn't result in mountains of student work that needs to be corrected. Maybe that's where technology comes in. I'm not too keen on technology in the classroom, but technology outside the classroom might work.

  • What about the teachers and city workers who get free lunch for their kids?

  • Hear hear!! We need more exposes regarding "small potatoes" corruption? Maybe the IOG can investigate secretaries who take paper clips home from work or city workers who pilfer pylons?

    Hey "englewood", nice try. We all know where the real corruption lies. Take a look at Emanuel, the other politicos and their campaign contributors.

    Why are so many willing "tools of the ruling class"?

  • Which administrators got pulled? What about all the teachers who got pulled? A few thousand over the past few years and I guess they’re just broken eggs for the omelet, right? Honorably discharged, not for cheating, not for falsifying lunch forms, not for poor performance, but just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. At CPS, crime just marches forward.

    If the CTU can’t negotiate the rehiring of displaced teachers or job security for professionals with superior evaluations, then it’s over for the union, over for the profession

    So what if you win a raise and then lose your job with no due process or possibility of rehire? Every time the state or district cries poor-mouth, which they will do every single year, again and again, then anyone that meets their salary ceiling is out the door and on the street.

    If all the displaced teachers are blackballed because they spent twenty years in the system, have a proven track record of raising test scores, have a masters plus thirty, and now make $70 or $80 thousand too much, then all our kids are subject to the next batch of teacher trainees.

    I want my son to have experienced teachers, not a 12-year cycle of two and three year hack amateurs who know how to decorate a classroom. And please don’t give me that line about ‘retaining’ the best and the brightest. I’ve been reading and hearing that standard rhetoric for years. CPS has never made an attempt to retain the best and brightest. Great teaching requires dedication, years of practice, in other words, experience.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    BAAAM! Nail on the head. Couldn't have said it better myself.

  • I cannot believe anyone is defending theft. We have all accepted a position with CPS and agreed to a code of conduct. Theft is theft no matter how small, and the idea that we would protect those who dishonor us shames me. We should not defend these individuals if they have acted dishonorably, we should expect they will be released.

  • I cannot believe you didn’t identify the explicit and implicit meaning
    I don’t think the blogger is defending theft – they seem to be saying that small corruption should take a back seat to big corruption. Activate your ‘inference’ skills. If you really are a cps teacher, I’m sure you have been encouraged to teach and review these skills with your students.

  • The Principal of Hirsch High School was removed. It is also rumored that the AP of Beidler Elementary School was removed. Rumors are all abuzz about the principal of Tanner Elementary School on the southside being walked out a week ago; yet sources say that he is returning to the school amid shocking allegations. It amazes me how CPS allows such corruption to take place at administrative levels but teachers are fired and removed without recourse.

  • I think this is a nation wide problem. My ex's wife is a teacher and. Alone makes over 60+ a year plus she get support from her two baby daddy's and still qualifys for free lunch. Most of her teacher friends kids also have free lunch. All of teacher's salaries are posted online and the public can view. I don't understand why the school district cannot keep track of this bs.

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