Unethical behavior in CPS
Since we need something to discuss, I’m offering SutherlandParent’s post as an unofficial guestpost. Thanks! I also copies from the report the portion about the free lunch fraud. Is it possible that the low-income % in CPS is over-represented? If school capacity is off, isn’t it possible that we’ve believe the 87% number without anything to back that up? Does it matter as long as kids are being fed?
The Sun Times reports that the food vendors are too big to ban. Does anyone here want to start a food services company? If I can pack 1 lunch a day, surely I can pack 300,000, right? This article also has some examples of fraud that’s happened in CPS.
From SutherlandParent: Did anyone have any thoughts on the CPS Inspector General’s report about free and reduced lunch fraud? I’ve always heard that the vast majority of kids in CPS were low-income or living in poverty–and while the majority are, Sullivan’s 2012 Annual Report claims it’s much closer to two-thirds than 90%:
The possibility of system-wide fraud is crystallized by the fact that reliable census data suggests that CPS student eligibility for free or reduced-price meals should be around 67%— approximately 20% lower than reported by CPS.
FROM THE REPORT:
3. Fraudulent Free and Reduced-Price Meals Applications
Once again, the OIG reports on a cohort of employees who falsified lunch forms for their
children who attend CPS. (Pages 19-26) This year, the OIG proactively reviewed free lunch
eligibility of children of principals and assistant principals and found numerous falsified
lunch forms. Since data from lunch forms is utilized in formulas to determine National
School Lunch Program funding, Federal Title 1 allocations, Supplemental General State Aid
and federally funded E-Rate reimbursements, the OIG continues to review these issues in
hopes that CPS will one day provide accurate poverty information to its critical funding
sources. Including this latest group of employees, the OIG in the last four years, has
reported on approximately fifty-one cases of meal application fraud involving fifty-five CPS
employees. The cases reported this year are especially important because the results show
that fraud is being committed by high-level and highly-paid CPS administrators and that the
lucrative federal and state benefits tied to the forms drives the fraud. In addition, some of
those investigated told the OIG that they were coached or encouraged by their supervisors
to falsify lunch forms. Cumulatively, the issues the OIG has reported on suggest widespread,
The possibility of system-wide fraud is crystallized by the fact that reliable census data
suggests that CPS student eligibility for free or reduced-price meals should be around 67%
— approximately 20% lower than reported by CPS. In addition, prior to the 2012-13
school year, CPS opted out of the Community Eligibility Option (CEO) program offered by
the U.S. Department of Agriculture which would have based free or reduced-price meal
ANNUAL REPORT 2012
eligibility on the percentage of community students who qualified for the Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
(TANF) program rather than self-reported information. Presumably, the CEO would have
critically diminished CPS federal and state funding. In short, a comprehensive solution,
involving federal and state authorities is necessary.
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