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In the year leading up to the overhaul of Chicago Public Schools leadership, the school district was beset by troubling instances of fraud and employee misconduct, including $1.13 million in improper benefits paid to retired teachers, systemic abuse of the federal free lunch program at a West Side high school, and a scheme by a central office employee to use school funds to buy items he later exchanged for cash.
Those are among more than two dozen cases detailed in the annual CPS inspector general’s report released to the public Wednesday.
At a time of transition for CPS — operating under an interim chief executive, with a school board on its way out as a new mayor was on his way in – the report suggests a lack of institutional authority and control.
In some cases, employees took advantage of lax oversight in the free lunch program to enroll their children despite earning six-figure salaries. In other cases, employees were circumventing the district’s computer system to access pornographic material online or visiting dating sites, the report found.