Detroit school bribery scandal… Lining principals’ pockets

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School Supplies

Have you ever wondered why it costs so much per pupil to run a school? Detroit may have the answer, where a dozen principals face bribery charges in a school supply scandal.

EAGNews reports:

Federal officials allege [Allstate Sales, run by Noman] Shy submitted invoices to the district for items like auditorium chairs, supplemental teaching materials and raised line paper, that he never delivered, and the principals approved the invoices knowing some of the supplies were missing.

Shy then paid principals bribes and kickbacks for their participation in the form of gift cards, cash, and checks directly to them or a third party, according to the news site.

Now I’m not saying ALL educators do things like this, but there may be enough to be driving the costs up to ridiculous amounts in some districts, especially those districts where per pupil cost is exorbitant.

So… what do you think we should do to principals who steal supplies (and other school resources) from kids to line their own pockets?

It takes a sick person to take advantage of children by stealing their education right out from underneath them, like these principals did. It’s a continual balancing act in schools to have enough money to pay teachers properly, maintain facilities, and provide resources (books, supplies, etc.) to children. These principals literally stole millions of dollars for themselves, robbing the children of a better education.

Now let’s see if their local teachers’ union try to cover for and/or defend them. Let’s hope they aren’t a party to this.

Read the full article at EAGNews, complete with links to various news reports covering this deplorable situation.

Photo credit Glen Fleishman