Los Angeles school chief moonlights as school supply exec

Why is it when public officials get caught in a clear conflict of interest that they always claim that they're "not involved" in decisions that benefit them financially?I mean, who believes that? Maybe the guy's wife and kids but beyond that, it's giggle worthy. Why else do you think the guy was hired by the conflicting company in the first place? It's because he could steer some business their way.No matter. LA unified schools chief Ramon Cortines also sits on the board of Scholastic, Inc - who just happen to supply the district with a reading program. Howard Blume writing in the Los Angeles Times: Scholastic Inc. provides the main reading intervention curriculum for the Los Angeles Unified School District, a program that is part of the company's fast-growing educational technology business.Cortines has disclosed his relationship with the New York-based company, and officials say he has avoided any decisions on Scholastic contracts.Cortines' role, however, has generated...(Read Full Post)