By Juan Perez Jr., Tribune News Service
The misuse of gift cards was among a long list of alleged wrongdoing by teachers, principals and district families in the IG’s annual report, which was released Wednesday. Among other findings of the report, which does not identify schools or employees by name:
• An elementary school principal spent at least $22,000 in school funds for personal purchases at Costco and Apple stores.
• A district agricultural program employee used his meat processing company to sell eggs produced at the school for a profit.
• A principal used school funds to fund a “teachers’ lunch club” featuring lobster, shrimp and steaks.
• Families continued to use false addresses to get their children into highly competitive selective-enrollment programs.
The report covers investigations completed between July 2016 and the end of last June. It also summarized investigations that led to the ouster of district CEO Forrest Claypool, who resigned in December after being accused of trying to undermine an ethics investigation; found irregularities at a high school program for Cook County Jail inmates; and questioned the ability of blacklisted CPS employees to find work at independently operated district schools.
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