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(LA Daily News)   LA school district takes $170 million from a federal fund to feed low-income students and spends it on more important things. Like lawn sprinklers and a TV station   (dailynews.com) divider line 59
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2013-02-08 07:04:49 AM
This is what happens when you have the feds involved in programs that should be operated at the state and local level.  Welcome to Obananny's America.
 
2013-02-08 07:27:27 AM
Money is handed to them for a specific program, it is the job of their accounts department to ensure this happens.

I noticed there is no mention of specific names and no mention of charges or job loses.

"The report states that none of the school districts mentioned is accused of embezzling money for personal profit" and yet it seems these people profited by still having jobs "(used to) pay for expenses ... salaries of employees at the district's television station."
 
2013-02-08 07:50:40 AM

Langdon_777: Money is handed to them for a specific program, it is the job of their accounts department to ensure this happens.

I noticed there is no mention of specific names and no mention of charges or job loses.

"The report states that none of the school districts mentioned is accused of embezzling money for personal profit" and yet it seems these people profited by still having jobs "(used to) pay for expenses ... salaries of employees at the district's television station."


A school district has a television station?!?  Is this a thing?
 
2013-02-08 08:07:22 AM
Well, the lawns don't water themselves.
 
2013-02-08 08:07:34 AM

sno man: Langdon_777: Money is handed to them for a specific program, it is the job of their accounts department to ensure this happens.

I noticed there is no mention of specific names and no mention of charges or job loses.

"The report states that none of the school districts mentioned is accused of embezzling money for personal profit" and yet it seems these people profited by still having jobs "(used to) pay for expenses ... salaries of employees at the district's television station."

A school district has a television station?!?  Is this a thing?


Probably to beg for more funding.
 
2013-02-08 08:09:27 AM

sno man: Langdon_777: Money is handed to them for a specific program, it is the job of their accounts department to ensure this happens.

I noticed there is no mention of specific names and no mention of charges or job loses.

"The report states that none of the school districts mentioned is accused of embezzling money for personal profit" and yet it seems these people profited by still having jobs "(used to) pay for expenses ... salaries of employees at the district's television station."

A school district has a television station?!?  Is this a thing?


There was an article here a couple years ago talking about one of their new schools that opened that cost 1 billion dollars. It even had some sort of famous night club recreated for the students to get shot in.
 
2013-02-08 08:11:07 AM

sno man: Langdon_777: Money is handed to them for a specific program, it is the job of their accounts department to ensure this happens.

I noticed there is no mention of specific names and no mention of charges or job loses.

"The report states that none of the school districts mentioned is accused of embezzling money for personal profit" and yet it seems these people profited by still having jobs "(used to) pay for expenses ... salaries of employees at the district's television station."

A school district has a television station?!?  Is this a thing?


Mine did, the public access channel studio was in the school.
 
2013-02-08 08:14:52 AM
Did you see the comments where the douche said kids who throw away free food should go to jail?
 
2013-02-08 08:14:55 AM
FARK L.A.
There is so much corruption there, you have to wonder if they are out looking for Serpico now.
 
2013-02-08 08:17:45 AM
And the state just passed a measure to increase taxes, so that more funding can be misappropriated by school districts.  BUT IF YOU DONT GIVE MONIES EVERYONE CHILD WILL STUPID.  THIS EMURGENCY SITUATION NO TURNING BACK.*

Voters:  OK, take our money, this makes me feel good about myself!   Schools should provide iPads to everyone!
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/LAUSD-Chief-Wants-Each-Stude nt -to-Have-a-Tablet-Computer-165632926.html

Reality:  Still bottom ranked for education, even after easing up testing standards by not requiring things like Algebra for 8th graders.


* State government can declare fiscal emergencies as they see fit and dip into education funding.

/not sure that I want to raise my kids here
 
2013-02-08 08:21:17 AM
But Odumbdo says we need more taxes!  Nevermind the wastefulness that goes on daily with a corrupt and incompetent federal government.
 
2013-02-08 08:22:59 AM
At the very least, those who misappropriated funds should lose their jobs. Those who reported extra students that didn't exist to get extra funding, and those who retaliated against whistle blowers should be criminally charged as well.
 
2013-02-08 08:23:38 AM

sno man: A school district has a television station?!? Is this a thing?


<a href="http://www.wnas.org/">Some high schools</a> have low-power fm radio stations, I've never heard of an actual high school with a broadcast TV license.  Most have a small studio that produces closed-circuit programming for morning announcements and such.
 
2013-02-08 08:26:22 AM
Teacher:   How many of you students have the new NIKE sneakers?   Kids all raise their hands.   How many have two pairs at least.   All raise hands.   How many of you have a cell phone better than this one (holds up personal phone).   Kids all raise hands.

Teacher: and yet I note that every one of you is signed up as 'in need' and get free breakfast and lunch.   Hmmmm...

Teacher: ok, well on to our reading assignment....


/Penna.
 
2013-02-08 08:29:08 AM

netcentric: Teacher:   How many of you students have the new NIKE sneakers?   Kids all raise their hands.   How many have two pairs at least.   All raise hands.   How many of you have a cell phone better than this one (holds up personal phone).   Kids all raise hands.

Teacher: and yet I note that every one of you is signed up as 'in need' and get free breakfast and lunch.   Hmmmm...

Teacher: ok, well on to our reading assignment....


/Penna.


Phones are free or cheap with contract, and shoes cost like $60.

THE HORROR OF PROVIDING CHILDREN WITH SHOES AND A CELL PHONE
 
2013-02-08 08:29:36 AM
Since this earmarked money was illegally shifted from one bucket to another, the attorney general will soon announce criminal charges, right?

/right?
 
2013-02-08 08:30:45 AM

Sargun: netcentric: Teacher:   How many of you students have the new NIKE sneakers?   Kids all raise their hands.   How many have two pairs at least.   All raise hands.   How many of you have a cell phone better than this one (holds up personal phone).   Kids all raise hands.

Teacher: and yet I note that every one of you is signed up as 'in need' and get free breakfast and lunch.   Hmmmm...

Teacher: ok, well on to our reading assignment....


/Penna.

Phones are free or cheap with contract, and shoes cost like $60.

THE HORROR OF PROVIDING CHILDREN WITH SHOES AND A CELL PHONE


Their families probably have a refrigerator too.
 
2013-02-08 08:31:45 AM

arcas: Since this earmarked money was illegally shifted from one bucket to another, the attorney general will soon announce criminal charges, right?

/right?


Unlikely.  Much like with guns, instead of enforcing laws already on the books, new laws are needed.
 
2013-02-08 08:31:46 AM

sex0r: But Odumbdo says we need more taxes!  Nevermind the wastefulness that goes on daily with a corrupt and incompetent federal government.


Those 100 million dollar loans that cost 1 billion dollars to pay back arent going to pay themselves off you know..
 
2013-02-08 08:37:00 AM
But ... but ... poor people need green lawns and entertainmnet too.
 
2013-02-08 08:41:41 AM
At least they didn't buy a refrigerator.
 
2013-02-08 08:42:05 AM

sex0r: But Odumbdo says we need more taxes!  Nevermind the wastefulness that goes on daily with a corrupt and incompetent federal government.


The school districts misused the funds, not the feds, but don't let facts get in the way of your hissy fit.
 
2013-02-08 08:44:43 AM
Seems to me a sprinkler is a very creative way of ensuring the kids eat for a very long time.......


One afternoon, a wealthy lawyer was riding in the back of his limousine when he saw two pathetic-looking men by the side of the road, eating grass. He ordered his driver to stop and got out to investigate. He asked the men, "Why are you eating grass?"
"We don't have no money for food," the first man replied.

"Then you must come with me to my house," insisted the lawyer.
"But, sir, I got a wife and three kids here," said the man.
"Bring them along!" replied the lawyer.
The second man exclaimed, "I got a wife and six kids!"
"Bring them as well!", the lawyer proclaimed as he headed back to his limo.
They all climbed into the car, and once underway, one of the men expresses, "Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you."
The lawyer replied, "I'm most happy to do it. You'll love my place. The grass is almost a foot tall."
 
2013-02-08 08:51:09 AM

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: The school districts misused the funds, not the feds, but don't let facts get in the way of your hissy fit.


What can ya do, right?  That's just a built-in cost of a functional society.
 
2013-02-08 08:54:51 AM
And what happened to Prop 30 money? Did Sacramento steal that yet?
 
2013-02-08 08:58:54 AM
If you are really interested in how farked up California really is... read no further than the unfunded billions in CalPers.

http://www.city-journal.org/2013/23_1_calpers.html

"CalPERS has the exclusive power to determine the size of state and local governments' contributions into the fund. As its investments tanked, it quickly boosted those contributions to compensate. By mid-decade, local officials were frantically telling the California press that the contributions were squeezing out other forms of spending. Glendale, a Los Angeles suburb, watched its annual pension bill rocket from $1.3 million in 2003 to $13.7 million in 2007-nearly a tenfold increase. San Jose's tab almost doubled, from $73 million in 2001 to $122 million in 2007, and then rose even faster over the next three years, hitting a jaw-dropping $245 million in 2010. San Bernardino's annual pension obligations rose from $5 million in 2000 to about $26 million last year. The state budget took a massive hit, too, its pension costs lurching from $611 million in 2001 to $3.5 billion in 2010. "

And it is getting worse, only trough gimmics is CalPers pretending it doesn't have a problem, and states aren't having to spend 25% of budgets on it.  Now remember, all plans are guaranteed, so this will bankrupt the state at some point.

"Typically, to protect governments from violent swings in contributions every year, pension funds like CalPERS average their investment returns over three years, hoping that good years offset bad years. In 2005, CalPERS extended the performance average to 15 years, an extraordinarily long period that blended the fund's losses in the 2000s with its gains way back in the 1990s-thus reducing state and local governments' immediate costs, which remained overwhelming nevertheless. Then, in 2009, CalPERS told governments that they could pay off the higher bills from the previous year's scary market drop over the next three decades, pushing the bill for the financial meltdown to the next generation.  "
 
2013-02-08 08:59:23 AM
Sometimes the lawns of schools need watering with the blood of poors.
 
2013-02-08 08:59:39 AM

EvilEgg: sno man: Langdon_777: Money is handed to them for a specific program, it is the job of their accounts department to ensure this happens.

I noticed there is no mention of specific names and no mention of charges or job loses.

"The report states that none of the school districts mentioned is accused of embezzling money for personal profit" and yet it seems these people profited by still having jobs "(used to) pay for expenses ... salaries of employees at the district's television station."

A school district has a television station?!?  Is this a thing?

Mine did, the public access channel studio was in the school.


See that makes sense to me, public access using free student labour and the kids get to learn about brodcasting but this sounds like a district wide deal with it's own staff paid by the district.
 
2013-02-08 09:01:19 AM
FTA -- "About $158 million of the $170 million debt belongs to LAUSD, which allegedly shifted money from the cafeteria fund to pay for expenses such as lawn sprinklers and the salaries of employees at the district's television station."

Well, to be fair, they're feeding information to the brain with that TV station.  A mind is a terrible thing to waste -- the taxpayers' money not so much.
 
2013-02-08 09:02:34 AM
FTFA:  The investigation found that lax oversight of the cafeteria funds by state regulators meant that violations were reported by whistle-blowers who headed up the food services departments. These cafeteria directors often notified authorities at the risk of their jobs, and occasionally at the expense of them.

Clearly, the problem is too much burdensome overregulation.
 
2013-02-08 09:02:42 AM
This can undermine student discipline. Anytime a kid gets in trouble, they can throw this back in the principal's face. The principal will then break down sobbing, "You're right! you're right! I represent an institution with no moral authority!"
 
2013-02-08 09:04:00 AM

Vodka Zombie: Their families probably have a refrigerator too.


And a color TV.
And Cable.
And a flat screen TV.
And a WII.
And a SUV.
And a dog.
And More than one toilet.

But we are going to feed them.
 
2013-02-08 09:12:04 AM
You mean to tell me that LA, like Chicago, besides being democrat epicenters, are horribly, horribly corrupt?  I refuse to believe it.
 
2013-02-08 09:13:00 AM

sno man: A school district has a television station?!? Is this a thing?


bofkentucky: I've never heard of an actual high school with a broadcast TV license.


The high school I went to in Central Missouri had their own TV station. Although it was run by the teacher that taught video production and usually just ran a slideshow with music with photos of recent events, students/teachers winning awards, team photos, and other general activities within the district. Our school also had a class program for those interested in becoming newscasters/reporters (it was a step beyond the basic video production class) and they would further develop skills in video editing and such. Every week there would be a broadcast on the station during seminar, we would watch whatever they came up with.

Apparently other schools were impressed by it because school programs would take field trips to our school just to see it and school officials with an interest in video production/broadcasting courses would come from all over Western Missouri to view our set up.
 
2013-02-08 09:19:18 AM
Their families probably have a refrigerator too.

And a color TV.
And Cable.
And a flat screen TV.
And a WII.
And a SUV.
And a dog.
And More than one toilet.

But we are going to feed them


Feel free to get on welfare if you think its so sweet. We'll be happy to feed you too just so you'll stop biatching about it. Maybe with a full stomach you'll start to think about us buying billion dollar planes and tanks that go un-used instead of worrying that somebody got $175.00 you think they don't need because they have a Playstation 2 in their house.
 
2013-02-08 09:21:34 AM

sex0r: But Odumbdo says we need more taxes!  Nevermind the wastefulness that goes on daily with a corrupt and incompetent federal government.


OMG! A school district in the LA region is now in charge of the Federal Government?!?!? When did this happen?
 
2013-02-08 09:26:50 AM
Link
From the oversight report -

In January, 2009 - a few months before the state would learn the extent of Los Angeles Unified's diversions from its cafeteria account - the district held a press conference to appeal for increased state meal subsidies. The district's news release was headlined: "Cafeteria fund cash flow may leave neediest LAUSD students hungry."

From the news conference they reference -

"Some of our country's greatest visionaries saw the school lunch program as a way to help lift American families out of economic despair during the depression era. They knew this early investment in our children would have long-term impacts on the health and education of America's next work force," said Torlakson. "Today, as more and more families face economic uncertainty and are forced to use this critical safety-net program, we can't stand by and allow the funding to run dry."
..."Unlike traditional department budgets, the Cafeteria Fund exists much like a business in that expenses are incurred to create products, and then reimbursement is received later from meals served. The loss of reimbursement from the State upsets that balance and leaves us with increasingly unaffordable costs. It is a recipe for failure."
 
2013-02-08 09:29:57 AM

Itstoearly: You mean to tell me that LA, like Chicago, besides being democrat epicenters, are horribly, horribly corrupt?  I refuse to believe it.


You mean to tell me that The House of Representatives, besides being republican epicenter, is horribly, horribly corrupt?  I refuse to believe it.

Glass houses, stones and all that. Grow up.
 
2013-02-08 09:31:56 AM
This is a crime and people should go to jail.
 
2013-02-08 10:04:49 AM

spentshells: This is a crime and people should go to jail.


My prediction is that not even one person loses their job over this. At most I expect a few people to get paid vacations (suspensions with pay) in order to make it look like they're doing something about it.
 
2013-02-08 10:11:58 AM
I've determined that L.A. is a pit. From everything I've heard, it's a crappy place to be. it seems like the place is filled to the brim with superficial assholes, crooked cops competing for "most gory kill", gangs, airheads, Hollywood flotsam and jetsam, murderous ex-cops on a rampage, cutthroat rich people and no shortage of smarmy waiters and waitresses trying to get their big break into movies.

Honestly, it sounds a lot like New Jersey, but with more sun.
 
2013-02-08 10:33:52 AM

Sargun: netcentric: Teacher:   How many of you students have the new NIKE sneakers?   Kids all raise their hands.   How many have two pairs at least.   All raise hands.   How many of you have a cell phone better than this one (holds up personal phone).   Kids all raise hands.
Teacher: and yet I note that every one of you is signed up as 'in need' and get free breakfast and lunch.   Hmmmm...
Teacher: ok, well on to our reading assignment....
/Penna.

Phones are free or cheap with contract, and shoes cost like $60.
THE HORROR OF PROVIDING CHILDREN WITH SHOES AND A CELL PHONE


Look, if you're going to bother to reply to the troll, the least you can do is point out that his scenario is completely made up.
 
2013-02-08 10:35:28 AM

ZeroCorpse: I've determined that L.A. is a pit. From everything I've heard, it's a crappy place to be. it seems like the place is filled to the brim with superficial assholes, crooked cops competing for "most gory kill", gangs, airheads, Hollywood flotsam and jetsam, murderous ex-cops on a rampage, cutthroat rich people and no shortage of smarmy waiters and waitresses trying to get their big break into movies.

Honestly, it sounds a lot like New Jersey, but with more sun.


actually, other than the traffic, it is a great place to live.
 
2013-02-08 11:37:00 AM
Who cares? They can just pass another Prop 30 when the coffers run dry. After all, the idiot voters are pretty much helpless against tried-and-true appeals to emotion like "for the children! " and "tax the rich! "
 
2013-02-08 11:41:31 AM
fail.brm.sk
 
2013-02-08 12:02:33 PM

ZeroCorpse: Hollywood flotsam and jetsam


wp-images.emusic.com

/hot
//like Arizona
///and hell
/by which I mean L.A.
 
2013-02-08 12:06:25 PM

netcentric: Teacher:   How many of you students have the new NIKE sneakers?   Kids all raise their hands.   How many have two pairs at least.   All raise hands.   How many of you have a cell phone better than this one (holds up personal phone).   Kids all raise hands.

Teacher: and yet I note that every one of you is signed up as 'in need' and get free breakfast and lunch.   Hmmmm...

Teacher: ok, well on to our reading assignment....


/Penna.



How many have a modern flat screen TV at home?
 
2013-02-08 12:14:14 PM

limeyfellow: sex0r: But Odumbdo says we need more taxes!  Nevermind the wastefulness that goes on daily with a corrupt and incompetent federal government.

OMG! A school district in the LA region is now in charge of the Federal Government?!?!? When did this happen?


I thought school districts were, you know, pretty much the perfect example of LOCAL government.  The school board is local, the oversight of the school is at a state level...the wastefulness was at a LOCAL level, not federal...

But then I don't live in conservative fantasyland where the sky is red and the grass is blue and taxes are higher than any point in history and people are being rounded up into FEMA camps.
 
2013-02-08 01:23:22 PM

DROxINxTHExWIND: Feel free to get on welfare if you think its so sweet.


Sorry,I have my pride.

We'll be happy to feed you too just so you'll stop biatching about it.


But I don't mind taking money from... people like you. $200/week, and I'll never speak to you about welfare/food stamps/etc again. Deal?

Maybe with a full stomach you'll start to think about us buying billion dollar planes and tanks that go un-used instead of worrying that somebody got $175.00

These are two completely different issues. You don't know what my position is on wasting money in the military. (For the record, it sucks. I think we should freeze all programs, and redesign from the ground up.)

you think they don't need because they have a Playstation 2 in their house.

Well, I have a Wii, a PS3, an Xbox, three gaming computers, gold chains around my neck, and 5 pairs of $100 sneakers... BUT I'M POOOOOOR! FEED MEEEE!!!
 
2013-02-08 01:32:47 PM
Here, there are several programs that provide food to needy school kids. One of the programs sends food home with them for the weekends. If you talk to the kids who participate in this program; you'll discover that they have to hide the food or their parents take it and eat it.

You read that right; sometimes, the only reliable meal these kids get is at school. You'd also discover that their parents very rarely buy anything but junk food.

These same people often have huge tvs and new cars. It's not that they have the money to pay for that kind of stuff; they just have poor impulse control and poor money management abilities.

/ I feel that anyone on the public dole shouldn't be buying huge tvs and new cars every three years; they should be feeding their damn kids.
 
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