Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Where's the Outrage? - I am going to let the headline and the first few sentences of this article from the San Francisco Chronicle about the San Francisco Unified School District speak for itself. I ask all of you: should we trust our children's education and our tax money with these people? Before we all blindly vote "yes" for every education-based tax and bond measure on the ballot, shouldn't we find out where the money is headed? And what ever happened to accountability?

Click on the headline for the complete article.

S.F. School Officials Squandered Millions of Bond, Tax Funds, Concealed Deficits From Voters While Seeking Millions More

by Chuck Finnie, Julian Guthrie, Chronicle Staff Writers

San Francisco school officials misspent and mismanaged tens of millions of dollars for school repairs and modernization projects -- and then covered it up to win voter approval for more funds, a Chronicle investigation found.

During the past 13 years, the city's school district raised $337 million through four voter-approved bond and tax measures, but nearly all the money is gone and many promised facility improvements have not been completed or were never even begun.

Records show San Francisco Unified School District used as much as $100 million of the bond and tax money to support a sprawling bureaucracy and to finance ill-conceived construction projects that ran far over budget or were never mentioned to voters.

Most of that money -- as much as $68 million -- was spent on salaries for nonteaching employees, including several officials who are now the focus of corruption investigations.


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