12 Chicago administrators removed from job in lunch fraud investigation

July 13, 2012
Principals and assistant principals allegedly falsified forms so their children could qualify for subsidy

From Chicago Public Schools: Twelve principals and assistant principals in Chicago have been removed from their jobs and face hearings for allegedly falsifying subsidized lunch forms for their own children. The school district has been conducting an investigation into fraud involving the forms that entitle children to receive lunch either without charge or at a reduced rate under a federal meals program.

“All public employee misconduct is disturbing, but when high-paid administrators are involved in lying to get a little extra for themselves and the schools it proves that the problem is systemic and must be dealt with by CPS and its federal funding sources,” says James Sullivan, the district's inspector general.

With these newest cases, Sullivan's office has now uncovered 55 district employees in the last four years involved in falsifying lunch form data.

The principals and assistant principals face disciplinary action up to and including termination.

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