Democrat stronghold is burning cash in schools for one reason that has parents up in arms

Democrats have a death grip on the public school system.

The teachers’ unions scratch their backs and vice versa.

And a Democrat stronghold is burning cash in schools for one infuriating reason.

Democrats have a virtual monopoly on K-12 education, particularly in major cities, which means that accountability is lacking.

In Chicago, one of the largest school districts in the country, a staggering number of laptops, iPads, and other devices have gone missing.

Roughly 77,000 devices were lost…in one school year.

The thousands of lost devices represented an eye-popping loss of $23 million.

With approximately 340,000 students and 22,000 teachers in the Chicago Public School (CPS) system, the 77,000 lost devices meant that one device was lost for every fifth teacher or student.

Worse yet, CPS spent $3 million on track systems that have not worked.

And the trend of lost devices is going in the wrong direction.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that “11% of devices were marked as lost or stolen during the 2021-2022 school year. An expert cited by the inspector general called that an ‘alarming’ amount. In the 2020-21 school year, 8% of the district’s technology assets were listed as lost, up from 3% in 2018-19…Those assets also included air purifiers and projectors.”

Perhaps the most infuriating thing about this is that taxpayers are the ones footing the bill for computers and air purifiers and projectors disappearing.

The CPS inspector general wrote in a report that “key CPS officials could not cite any examples of any tech device marked lost in 2021-2022 that was later returned based on a Lost Property police report. CPS is eliminating the requirement that lost property police reports be filed, per the OIG recommendation.”

So reporting the lost or stolen property has had zero impact on actually recovering the equipment.

Meanwhile, the common complaint from Democrats is that they need more funding for schools.

Perhaps they should start by not incinerating the cash they do get.

In addition to lost equipment, Chicago has also had to deal with a startling number of sexual assault investigations regarding teachers and underage students.

The Office of Inspector General Sexual Allegations Unit (SAU) reported for 2022 that the SAU “closed 300 more cases than the unit did in 2021, thanks in large measure to new procedures in the intake and assessment of complaints that were enacted late last year, the Board’s investment of resources in the unit and the collaboration with partner CPS departments, notably the Office of Student Protections.”

But there are still over 300 pending cases going back to 2018.

CPS is a giant mess, and money is not the root of the problems.

Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story. 

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