IT BEGINS: Social justice warriors already pushing Charlottesville lessons into classrooms

By Victor Skinner on Monday, August 14th, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Students across the country will kick off the 2017-18 school year with a laser focus on hatred, white supremacy and a wildly liberal perspective on the violent clash in Charlottesville, Virginia. Less than two days after a violent clash between “racists” at a “Unite the Right” march and antifascist protesters who confronted […]

Portland, ME school district: White teachers need not apply

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine – Ninety-seven percent of teachers in Portland Public Schools are white, and forty percent of students are not. And that’s a problem for Superintendent Xavier Botana, the Bangor Daily News reports. “It was an issue that kids talked about frequently. That they really wanted to see more people in their classrooms in leadership […]

Feds fund teacher training to rid NC schools of ‘euro-centric’ lessons

By Victor Skinner on Monday, July 31st, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. – The federal government is funding summer training sessions for educators to push them into “uncomfortable” conversations about race and white privilege despite public backlash to similar efforts. In North Carolina, scores of Wake County educators are participating in training sessions put on by Project READY, a joint venture by the University of […]

White middle schoolers forced to stand in front of classmates, apologize for ‘privilege’

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

EDEN, N.C. – “White privilege” training in the Rockingham County school system is causing a lot of headaches. Superintendent Rodney Shotwell told Rockingham Now the state threatened to withhold federal funding when a disproportionate number of minority students were suspended in a special exceptional children’s program in 2012 and 2013, so district leaders implemented mandatory […]

School pays $1,600 for $1,000 fence, spends money to clean director’s home

By Kyle Olson on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The La Promesa Early Learning Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a very small charter school with very serious financial problems, due largely to gross mismanagement and alleged fraud. It also recently received an “F” grade from the state for academics. But somehow state officials were convinced to give the school a […]

Pittsburgh school administrators, board members spent $380,387 on travel in 2015-16

By Steve Gunn on Thursday, June 15th, 2017

PITTTSBURGH — A lot of larger school districts spend six figures every year for employee travel. That usually includes all employees, including thousands of teachers. The Pittsburgh school district apparently spends six figures per year on travel for administrators and school board members alone! In fiscal 2015-16, the Pittsburgh district spent a breathtaking $380,387.84 on […]

Indianapolis schools had big money problems in 2015-16, but still spent $331,489 on travel

By Steve Gunn on Friday, June 16th, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS — In March 2016, the Indianapolis Star reported about severe financial challenges at Indianapolis Public Schools. “The state’s largest school district is running a deficit of more than $12.6 million this year, and it projects a $5.5 million deficit next year,” the newspaper reported. Considering that news, some taxpayers would probably be shocked to […]

TX school district buys $700k home to tear down for access road — then superintendent moves in!

By Victor Skinner on Friday, June 16th, 2017

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – A Texas news station is blowing the lid off a local school superintendent’s pricey perks paid for with taxpayer dollars. Fox 4 launched an investigation in March into the lavish lifestyles of North Texas school superintendents, and it uncovered one superintendent in particular who is living the high life heavily subsidized […]

Dayton school district spends nearly $600,000 on travel in 2015-16, provides few details

By Kyle Olson on Friday, June 16th, 2017

DAYTON, Ohio – Procurement cards issued to school employees can lead to waste and abuse, if their use is not closely monitored. In New York City in 2013, there was a limited audit of $238,070 spent by holders of procurement cards at 23 schools, according to the New York Post. “Auditors flagged $75,967 in improper […]

Houston school employees ran up $3.6 million travel tab as budget cuts loomed

By Steve Gunn on Thursday, June 15th, 2017

HOUSTON – A year ago, the Houston school board approved $84 million in budget cuts, to help eliminate a massive deficit. The deficit was imposed by the Texas public school funding system, which forces school districts with more financial resources to share revenue with less fortunate districts. Houston, with a rising property tax base, was […]

FL school district bans employee travel, but unfazed board member says she’ll keep traveling

By Steve Gunn on Thursday, June 15th, 2017

TAMPA – Wild spending on employee travel is common on a lot of American public school districts, including some with big financial problems. Officials at Hillsborough County Public Schools displayed some rare common sense last fall when they imposed an out-of-county employee travel ban due to a large budget deficit that forced cutbacks to student […]

Seattle superintendent blamed state for school financial problems; local newspaper corrected him

By Steve Gunn on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

SEATTLE – Public school officials love to blame state governments for their financial problems. It’s not politically wise to admit that they have done a poor job of managing their schools’ resources. In March, Seattle school Superintendent Larry Nyland sent a letter to parents throughout the district, notifying them of a possible $74 million budget […]

Ohio school district’s financial records were so bad that the state couldn’t do an audit

By Steve Gunn on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

DAYTON, Ohio – Taxpayers depend on public school audits to determine if their money is being spent in the intended ways. There’s a real problem when school financial records are so disorganized that they can’t be audited. The Jefferson Township, Ohio district’s finances for the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 were […]

Rochester, NY school district spent thousands on hotels, flights in 2015-16

By Steve Gunn on Friday, June 9th, 2017

ROCHESTER, N.Y. –, a financial website, recently ranked 90 of the most populated school districts in cities across the U.S., based on how effectively they spend tax dollars. The rankings tied student test scores to district spending to determine which school districts “are getting the most – and least – bang for their buck,” […]

Syracuse, NY school employee 2015-16 travel cost $351,966 for conferences, hotels, flights

By Steve Gunn on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – We recently asked the Syracuse school district to provide a record of its travel-related spending for 2015-16 fiscal year. School district officials were cooperative, providing an extensive list of transactions that totaled a very substantial $351,966.54. The money was spent on all sorts of things, ranging from professional conference fees to hotel […]

Clark County school board members ran up big tabs at pricey hotels in 2015-16

By Steve Gunn on Monday, June 5th, 2017

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – What is it about public school personnel and pricey hotels? The seven members of the Clark County, Nevada school board spent a total of $46,697.47 in school district dollars on various things in the 2015-16 fiscal year. And when the seven board members traveled, they usually did so in style. They […]