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    Re: Report: Nearly Half Of Detroiters Canít Read

    The investigation to uncover fraud within the Detroit Public Schools has found evidence that millions of dollars in district funds have been misappropriated, stolen or embezzled. Six district employees have been immediately suspended.

    DPS Inspector General John Bell announced the findings at a press conference today detailing ďonly a fewĒ of the 85 individual fraud investigations launched by his office, created by DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb earlier this year in order to uncover fraud within the stateís largest school district.

    Even as Bobbís investigation team, with help from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has worked to uncover ďevery red pennyĒ slated to support education in the district, ďpeople continue to steal from usÖcreating cesspools of corruption,Ē Bobb said.

    A handful of cases were detailed at the conference, involving six DPS employees Ė two custodians, an accountant, a cafeteria cashier, a security officer and two principals Ė who have been suspended as a result of the investigation.

    The announcement was made shortly before the DPS fiscal year 2009-2010 budget is slated to be adopted. The district is facing a $285 million deficit, even after Bobbís turnaround team cut $295 million from the upcoming budget.

    Evidence indicated that the two custodians stole 30 DPS laptop computers worth $52,439, and further inquiries found that two DPS teachers and a teacherís aide had three of the computers, said Bell.

    Another investigation between the FBI and the DPS Office of Inspector General indicated that an accountant of 15 years at Golightly Career and Technical Center stole $30,000-$60,000 from the center, another $1,500 from the Golightly Middle School and was overpaid by more than $1,300 for hours not worked last summer.

    The principal of Golightly was suspended for using $1,884 in DPS funds to repair her vehicle, additional funds to pay for funeral floral arrangement and a reception for 60-80 guests and paying a vendor $30,000 to install audio-visual equipment, while much of the equipment was never delivered or installed, Bell said.
    Detroit Public Schools fraud investigation finds millions in district funds misappropriated - Crain's Detroit Business - Detroit News and Information

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    Re: Report: Nearly Half Of Detroiters Canít Read

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
    I don't understand it..... the ex-mayor there was such a shining example of public trust ............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    Awww, they obviously need to form a union and all their troubles will be solved. Meanwhile the rest of us will take care of ourselves without depending on a union pension.
    Would you prefer we live like them?

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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    Re: Report: Nearly Half Of Detroiters Canít Read

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    You mean, throwing money at this problem alone has not helped?

    Democrats must be completely perplexed.
    You think it would be better without any money? The thinking has to be deeper on both sides. It has never been money alone is the solution, nor is it everg oing to be just getting rid of money is the answer. Woudl it be too much to ask for a coherent well thougthout proposition?

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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    Re: Report: Nearly Half Of Detroiters Canít Read

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    You mean, throwing money at this problem alone has not helped?

    Democrats must be completely perplexed.
    Perplexed? Hah!!! As if!!! They have the PERFECT solution. All we have to do is raise more taxes on the rich and then give MORE money to the schools. THAT will fix it! No charter schools...no private schools...more and more money for public schools...THATS the solution.

    And you didnt think they had anything new to offer...phhhhht...

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    Re: Report: Nearly Half Of Detroiters Canít Read

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Would you prefer we live like them?
    Live without a pension ??? The vast majority of us do.

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    Re: Report: Nearly Half Of Detroiters Canít Read

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    Why not?? Most of the rest of the world had no pensions and seem to get by just fine.
    Most of the rest of the world except for Western Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, and other first world nations. Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Paraguay, Haiti has no pensions. People there are doing just fi... what? not enough to eat, no clean water, no medical care? Most people don't live long enough to need a pension? Oh, never mind.
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    Re: Report: Nearly Half Of Detroiters Canít Read

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    Live without a pension ??? The vast majority of us do.
    Really? I have one. How are those doing without them?

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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    Re: Report: Nearly Half Of Detroiters Canít Read

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Really? I have one. How are those doing without them?
    We're doing just fine thank you. Less than 15% of Americans have pensions these days.

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    Re: Report: Nearly Half Of Detroiters Canít Read

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    We're doing just fine thank you. Less than 15% of Americans have pensions these days.
    I think you have your numbers a little off:

    Fewer than half of U.S. workers participate in any kind of employment-based retirement plan. Just 40.4 percent of employees utilized a 401(k) or pension in 2008, down from 41.5 percent in 2007, according to a recent study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. That translates to about 63.7 million workers who saved for retirement through a workplace program last year, considerably below the 67.1 million employees who participated in 2000.

    Half of Americans Don

    Your number seems more like one I saw where workers don't see their 401's as their prmary retriement plan. However, I also saw a poll where most want one, and those with them worry about employers taking them away.

    But, to be clear, you think pension is a bad thing? Can you explain why?

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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