Save-A-Life Foundation scam may be just the tip of a corrupt CPS contract iceberg... No-bid contracts increased during the years Arne Duncan was CEO of Chicago's schools

While the recent revelation that Arne Duncan helped promote the fraudulent "Save-A-Life Foundation" during the years the group was receiving funds from Chicago's public schools continue to raise questions that Duncan has so far refused to address. These questions include when (if ever) he debarred the Save-A-Life Foundation from doing business with CPS and whether he ordered any attempt to recover the funds CPS spent on the non-existent — or barely existent — Save-A-Life training. The Chicago Board of Education, which meets once a month, routinely approved the proposals (called "Board Reports") that were submitted to it by Duncan, and there is nothing in the public record to indicate that Duncan informed the Board members in public when it became clear that the Save-A-Life Foundation was a charity fraud.

But Duncan's negligence with the taxpayers' dollars in the Save-A-Life scandal may be just the tip of the iceberg, to use an overused metaphor. A more complete review of the Duncan years shows that dozens of contracts, some amounting to millions of dollars, were routinely awarded by Duncan to corporations and individuals without competitive bidding, and that once the contracts had been awarded, minimal oversight was done by Duncan or his staff. Because the Chicago Board of Education conducts most of its business in secret (and has since mayoral control began in July 1995), there is little in the public record to indicate how duly diligent Chicago's CEO or his Board were when spending taxpayer dollars on a vast number of privatization programs, schemes, and planning.

An ongoing review of the Chicago Board of Education's expenditures by Substance since the beginning of mayoral control (1995) and focusing especially on the seven years (2001 - 2008) that Duncan served as Chief Executive Officer of CPS shows that the number and amount of contracts awarded without competitive bidding increased during the Duncan years.

At the same time that Duncan was pursuing what has now been revealed to be a ruthless program of closing schools and laying off regular CPS teachers, he was simultaneously awarding contracts ranging from computer hardware and software to consultancies without going through the legal competitive bidding processes.



December 3, 2009 at 7:29 AM

By: kugler

Criminal activity

We are now going beyond corruptive behavior to straight, no pun intended, criminal activity. Huberman is the perfect fit for the job. His data scam is a whitewash to cause confusion and create fake statistics to divert public funds from students to private hands.

December 3, 2009 at 12:28 PM

By: zeta

Liars, Crooks Thieves and Hustlers steal from under-priviledged students!

One of the things that I have learned since my tenure at CPS is that hard working people are not respected or given any consideration by this new administration of private corporate monsters.

People like Duncan and Huber-BOY walk around with blinders on giving corrupt individuals large sums of unearned money while they steal opportunity from under-privileged students and fire tenured teachers from their jobs.

The unethical practices of these

administrators lead me to one conclusion, They are liars, crooks thieves and hustlers!

Once again, How dare these monsters question the morality or ethics of hard working teachers who go into their jobs on a daily basis and try to work in the face of incredible injustices and savage inequalities!

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