Even More on the UNO Scandal

12 Feb

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The UNO story is everywhere and it keeps growing.   Tonight’s news begins with two new stories on the corrupt charter school operator:

Chicago Charter Operator in Corporate Pockets

“I am a first-generation American whose Mexican immigrant parents instilled a very different sense of citizenship than that espoused by the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) and its network of charter schools. For me, civic responsibility includes speaking truth to power.”

The Heat is On

“Windy City Electric, which has ties to Ald. Edward Burke (14th) and was banned from working on City Hall contracts after city officials determined that brothers Anthony and John McMahon operated the company in their wives’ names to obtain millions of dollars from city contracts set aside for businesses owned and operated by women. Windy City was paid $1.67 million for work on the Soccer Academy Elementary’s construction.”

Board of Ed Truant from Hearings

“As the hearings continued, not one member of the seven members of the Chicago Board of Education had attended any of the hearings, nor had Barbara Byrd Bennett. Byrd Bennett had became “Chief Executive Officer” (at an annual salary of $250,000 per year) in October following the ouster by Mayor Rahm Emanuel of the first Emanuel-appointed CEO of CPS, Jean-Claude Brizard, after the Chicago Teachers Strike of 2012.”

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