Education week-in-review: questions in the cafeteria and a money mystery

By   /  July 3, 2015  /  California, Colorado, Education Blog, Ethics, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Paul Brennan |
From Colorado, where a school district won’t say why a cafeteria worker was fired, to Philadelphia, where the city council has no idea how the school district spends its money, it been a generally infuriating week in education news. has it covered.
What really happened in the cafeteria?
Cherry Creek Schools are refusing […]

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Resident has concerns, but Mississippi Board of Mental Health doesn’t want to hear about them

By   /  June 19, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Ethics, Government Regulation, Government Waste, Mississippi, News, Open Records, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Mississippi Board of Mental Health didn’t have five minutes for a taxpayer to hear her concerns about taxpayer-funded halfway houses.

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Drink it up: 10 gifts PLCB booze bosses took from vendors

By   /  June 16, 2015  /  Ethics, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

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The first rule about taking gifts from vendors doing business with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is that you don’t talk about taking gifts from vendors doing business with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

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Political games: PAC pays for Christie’s ticket at NBA Finals

By   /  June 16, 2015  /  Ethics, New Jersey, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continues to live large as a sports junkie with an expensive habit – especially when he can stick taxpayers, political donors, powerful friends or someone else with the bill.

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Dish TV CEO to taxpayers who gave him $3 billion subsidy: You’re the real winners

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  Ethics, Federal Government, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Embattled Dish CEO Charles Ergen admits he’s using small-business subsidies to build his global wireless capacity, but the billionaire says taxpayers will benefit anyhow.

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Gifts to Gov. Christie are not ‘gifts,’ rules NJ attorney general

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  Ethics, Governor, New Jersey, News, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

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In New Jersey, a gift is not a gift – particularly if you’re the governor and your subordinates interpret ethics rules in your favor. The bottom line, strange but true: Chris Christie does not have to report favors — such as football trips paid by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones — as gifts unless it can be shown he did something in exchange for them.

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