TIL of Ronald Alexander, who appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to accept a $500,000 donation from Lowes for his crumbling elementary school in Detroit. Months later he and 12 other principals were convicted of taking $900,000 in bribes from a school supply scam.

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13 Mar 2018 23:08 - +11211
Special place in hell etc etc.
14 Mar 2018 00:46 - +6958
Ever wonder why schools in places like Chicago and Baltimore are funded well above the national average but the schools are crumbling? It's corruption.
13 Mar 2018 23:58 - +5992
What a great picture to go with the article. That US Attorney has the "You are dead, you fuckers. DEAD!" glare absolutely perfect.
13 Mar 2018 23:31 - +1650
I wonder when these types of corruption are uncovered, are they forwarded over to the IRS to dig into? Seems like the teachers / principals / superintendents would be on the hook for all the money that they were given, and the company that was providing sub-par products (or no products) would have to be held to some reckoning (financial, beyond the corruption charges).
14 Mar 2018 01:14 - +1335
The Philly school district has been asking for more money, but they won't release their budget. That's why people are hesitant about giving them more. There were also scandals about them misusing funds.
14 Mar 2018 01:36 - +370
I attended what was literally the least funded school district (per pupil) in the US. We had wood and metal shops, multiple bands, orchestras, school plays, computer labs, AP Classes, and a great program that helped put students through their first two years of college concurrently with their high school diploma. We had a graduation rate of 96% and I was able to get my associate's degree for a grand total of $200, saving me thousands of dollars and two years of my life. Every once in a while I go back and thank the teachers and principals that genuinely cared so much that they managed to turn a shoe string budget into a top tier school.
14 Mar 2018 01:35 - +347
As a former teacher, Mr. A was my principal. One of the last people I would suspect of doing such a thing. Yet, you never really know someone. And yes, we all purchased school supplies for our students. There never seemed to be any... in any school. Hmmm...
14 Mar 2018 00:48 - +307
Someone watched the American Greed Re Run after the new one last night...
14 Mar 2018 01:18 - +261
And people with this amount of money never get prosecuted... DC Public schools are also in the midst of a scandal. Every public school has inflated the students grades in order to make their school seem decent, thus receive more funding. What's really amazing is that one school (Ballou) had a graduation rate of 100% last year and now only has a graduation rate of 27% this year after the investigation was conducted.. Shook. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/a-short-guide-to-dc-public-schools-scandals/2018/03/08/c40e2c4e-2170-11e8-94da-ebf9d112159c_story.html?utm_term=.a8fd9585e2da
14 Mar 2018 01:18 - +231
I just listened to a story about this school bribe situation on the Snap Judgement podcast. It centres around one individual principal and really takes some interesting turns. I highly recommend.
13 Mar 2018 23:53 - +135
This is why “we need more money for schools” is an argument you can’t just accept at face value.
14 Mar 2018 01:43 - +108
My mom works for a Lowes in Michigan and helped out in the Ellen episode where they delivered money to the school. Lowes is still donating the money, they're just being a lot more strict with who gets ahold of the funds (obviously) Edit to add that a few times a year Lowes goes into Detroit schools to do yard work, paint and fix a whole bunch of stuff inside the buildings.
14 Mar 2018 01:36 - +82
14 Mar 2018 01:01 - +60
Sounds like this guy has the makings of a future politician.
14 Mar 2018 01:50 - +58
Keep in mind this is the same district whose school board vehemently protested against the hiring of independent Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb, because of his pesky practices of finding things like "ghost" employees receiving paychecks... http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2009/06/audit_more_than_250_ghost_work.html
14 Mar 2018 01:33 - +54
Remember folks, this is the place that appointed a functionally illiterate man as the head of Detroit education system It's been a long time since Michigan schools have been anything but corrupt. http://nicholasstixuncensored.blogspot.com/2012/04/detroit-masturbating-school-board.html?m=1
14 Mar 2018 01:20 - +44
Good to see the races coming together to screw over the kids.
14 Mar 2018 01:31 - +28
They go from Norman Shy to Norman Sly and then back to Norman Shy in the reporting. Weird.
14 Mar 2018 03:07 - +21
I have a friend who's mom was in the administration in Detroit and dad had a normal job at a car manufacturer. He has never really told me what she did but I found out recently that his mom saved millions of dollars from her job. I never could understand how a school official could save over 6 million dollars for retirement. I wonder if there was more to the story now.
14 Mar 2018 02:41 - +20
Somehow I have to believe corruption like this within Public Education is much more widespread than just Detroit. US taxpayers on average spend more per student than other countries and get much worse results. Despite the individual cost of private schools in US, in comparison to public education - the cost to educate privately is less than the public system - and yields on average better results. The last I checked, taxpayers spend on average between $12k to $18k per student with the cost varying by cost of living regionally. Multiply that out per classroom making that $360k - $540k per classroom of 30. Teachers aren’t making that kind of money - many teachers dip into their own savings to buy resources for their classrooms. Infrastructure is old a dilapidated in many places. Sure support staff is possible, but then how many additional support staff do you need? Lunch programs get down to <$1/day per student. So where’s all this money going? It’s a huge mystery and most superintendents/principals don’t like to discuss this. They blame something random and that they just don’t have enough $$$ (and then you notice them driving a new Range Rover). I believe there’s a lot more funny business going on with the financials of public schools than the public is lead to believe. I think teachers should be paid well, and by the basic math - that should be possible. But we all know it’s not happening. So... show us the money!
14 Mar 2018 02:06 - +13
Yet, that sheriff dude that pockets $750,000 for his beach homes is getting away scott free cause you know, he's a sheriff... http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2018/03/etowah_sheriff_pocketed_over_7.html
14 Mar 2018 01:42 - +12
I don't know what's more sad, scumbags like this or the fact that schools need massive donations to function.
14 Mar 2018 02:02 - +9
School supplies are scam even when everything is done legally. Sooooo much gets wasted in school districts.
14 Mar 2018 02:01 - +8
These school supply scams happen at every school district. Good for Detroit on actually catching some of these criminals
14 Mar 2018 02:12 - +8
The fall of Detroit involved a lot more than car companies moving. Plenty of corruption helped.
14 Mar 2018 01:44 - +6
This was on American Greed. http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2017/08/american_greed_episode_to_focu.html

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