Company used convicted Chicago schools chief in ‘highly unethical’ work to win millions in CPS business

Aug 1, 2018 by

A for-profit company that educates at-risk students won tens of millions of dollars from Chicago Public Schools with help from then-CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and her co-conspirators in a separate bribery scandal, the school district’s inspector general found in a report released Tuesday.

That “highly unethical conduct” was essential for Camelot Education to open four CPS campuses several years ago, Inspector General Nicholas Schuler’s office said in the report. Camelot now operates six schools in CPS, with a total of about 800 students, and the Texas-based company has received more than $67 million in district business, the IG said.

Schuler’s office asked the Chicago Board of Education to disqualify Camelot and two unnamed company executives from future business with CPS. If the board concludes doing so would be too disruptive, Schuler recommended the board fine Camelot $6.7 million and appoint an independent monitor to review the company’s conduct for three years.

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Source: Company used convicted Chicago schools chief in ‘highly unethical’ work to win millions in CPS business, watchdog finds – Chicago Tribune

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