Chicago Schools Spent $67,000 on Espresso Machines


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CHICAGO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Chicago Public Schools auditors say system bureaucrats spent $67,000 to buy 30 cappuccino/espresso machines, many of which are not being used. The CPS Office of Inspector General said in its annual report the coffeemakers were ordered for several area schools even though they hadn't been requested, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday.
The departmental report alleges the unidentified bureaucrats also obtained the machines by abusing competitive bidding rules currently in place for such purchases.
Inspector General James Sullivan called the purchases a "waste of money" as they were available at cheaper prices online and unwanted by many schools.
"We also look at it as a waste of money because the schools didn't even know they were getting the equipment, schools didn't know how to use the machines and weren't prepared to implement them into the curriculum," Sullivan said.
The CPS report also announced Chicago schools now have tighter security on their record system due to unidentified high school staffers changing the grades of certain school athletes, the Sun-Times reported.
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What the hell?
So they spent $67,000 on espresso machines, something you can find in your local Starbucks but nothing about textbooks, desks, school supplies, electricity or anything else? Even the inner city schools here don't do that and some of them still have lead in the plumbing.


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I'm not sure which is worse: spending that amount of money on something they don't use (or can buy at cheaper prices elsewhere) or teachers changing grades because a student is an athlete. As it's reported it seems the latter was just an afterthought. :hah:

Is anyone getting sued or fired for this?


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What the hell are schools going to do with espresso machines? Great thinking who ever ordered those. And they wonder why the school budgets are so screwed up..

As to teachers changing the grades for jocks, that's wrong and any teacher caught should have to lose his or her teaching license.
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