What a great picture to go with the article.
That US Attorney has the "You are dead, you fuckers. DEAD!" glare absolutely perfect.
I wonder when these types of corruption are uncovered, are they forwarded over to the IRS to dig into? Seems like the teachers / principals / superintendents would be on the hook for all the money that they were given, and the company that was providing sub-par products (or no products) would have to be held to some reckoning (financial, beyond the corruption charges).
The Philly school district has been asking for more money, but they won't release their budget. That's why people are hesitant about giving them more. There were also scandals about them misusing funds.
Special place in hell etc etc.
As a former teacher, Mr. A was my principal. One of the last people I would suspect of doing such a thing. Yet, you never really know someone. And yes, we all purchased school supplies for our students. There never seemed to be any... in any school. Hmmm...
Ever wonder why schools in places like Chicago and Baltimore are funded well above the national average but the schools are crumbling? It's corruption.
I just listened to a story about this school bribe situation on the Snap Judgement podcast. It centres around one individual principal and really takes some interesting turns. I highly recommend.
Someone watched the American Greed Re Run after the new one last night...
I attended what was literally the least funded school district (per pupil) in the US. We had wood and metal shops, multiple bands, orchestras, school plays, computer labs, AP Classes, and a great program that helped put students through their first two years of college concurrently with their high school diploma. We had a graduation rate of 96% and I was able to get my associate's degree for a grand total of $200, saving me thousands of dollars and two years of my life.
Every once in a while I go back and thank the teachers and principals that genuinely cared so much that they managed to turn a shoe string budget into a top tier school.