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    Chicago Public Schools' cappuccino bill: $67,000

    Chicago public school bureaucrats skirted competitive bidding rules to buy 30 cappuccino/espresso machines for $67,000, with most of the machines going unused because the schools they were ordered for had not asked for them, according to a report by the CPS Office of Inspector General.

    That was just one example of questionable CPS actions detailed in the inspector general's 2008 annual report. Others included high school staffers changing grades to pump up transcripts of student athletes and workers at a restricted-enrollment grade school falsifying addresses to get relatives admitted.

    In the case of the cappuccino machines, central office administrators split the order among 21 vocational schools to avoid competitive bidding required for purchases over $10,000. As a result CPS paid about $12,000 too much, according to Inspector General James Sullivan. "We were able to find the same machines cheaper online," he said.

    "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.
    Chicago Public Schools' cappuccino bill: $67,000 :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Education

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    Re: Chicago Public Schools' cappuccino bill: $67,000

    For that amount of money that cappuccino better cure cancer or something.
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    Re: Chicago Public Schools' cappuccino bill: $67,000

    The best part:

    In the case of the cappuccino machines, central office administrators split the order among 21 vocational schools to avoid competitive bidding required for purchases over $10,000. As a result CPS paid about $12,000 too much, according to Inspector General James Sullivan. "We were able to find the same machines cheaper online," he said.
    No, asshole, they paid about $67,000 too much. I don't care if they coulda got them for $100 each! A public school should not have a ****ing cappuccino machine, ESPECIALLY on my ****ing dime, assholes!
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    Re: Chicago Public Schools' cappuccino bill: $67,000

    That has to be the worst waste of money I have heard of since the bailouts. Man our government are idiots on all levels. From the local on up to federal.

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    Re: Chicago Public Schools' cappuccino bill: $67,000

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    That has to be the worst waste of money I have heard of since the bailouts. Man our government are idiots on all levels. From the local on up to federal.
    Our Chicago politicians take the cake, though. If they haven't come up with a way to waste money, it is physically impossible for that way to even exist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Our Chicago politicians take the cake, though. If they haven't come up with a way to waste money, it is physically impossible for that way to even exist.
    I thanks the powers that be I moved away from Chicago in 2006. Never looked back either.

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    Re: Chicago Public Schools' cappuccino bill: $67,000

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    I thanks the powers that be I moved away from Chicago in 2006. Never looked back either.
    I still love it here. It's the food and the Bears mostly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    I still love it here. It's the food and the Bears mostly.
    Can't argue with that. South side! Go Sox! Oh wait.

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    Re: Chicago Public Schools' cappuccino bill: $67,000

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    Can't argue with that. South side! Go Sox! Oh wait.


    It's nice to meet a fellow Sox fan! Every other Chicagoan here seems to be a Scrubs fan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    It's nice to meet a fellow Sox fan! Every other Chicagoan here seems to be a Scrubs fan.
    No sh**. I have been all over the country and around the world. No matter where I went a scrubs fan popped up. I blame WGN and cable access.

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