Living Large At The District’s Expense

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Robin Lyons Blog Post Living Large At The District's ExpenseBLOG POST #175: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a school business manager who embezzled $1.6 million.

The 50-something business manager worked for the rural school district for ten years before she put into place her embezzlement scheme. And the school district didn’t catch on for another ten years.

She made payments to herself and used district money for personal expenses. The accounting records were altered to show payments to legit vendors that never happened, and she changed payroll records showing employees had a higher income than they received. Those employees paid a total of more than $13,000 in income taxes to the IRS they didn’t owe.

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Open Meeting Law

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Recently, Los Angeles school teachers went on strike for better wages and working conditions. This made me think about the Louisiana teacher who at a board meeting in 2018, asked why the superintendent should have a salary increase when teachers hadn’t seen a raise in nearly ten years.

She was interrupted and ejected from the meeting, then arrested for Willful Disobedience. Do you remember this story? If not, here’s the post from April 2018: Willful Disturbance

I wondered if anything new had transpired since I wrote the original post. In researching, I found a lot had happened and decided it was worthy of an update.

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Volunteering in 5th-Grade

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Sadly, there was a school shooting this week at a middle school in Indiana. The motive is unknown. Someone learned of the threat and called in to report it. The authorities acted fast, the school went into lock-down, and the only casualty was the shooter who took his own life. My heart hurts for all involved including the family of the deceased. Brave accolades go to the person who saw something and said something.

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BLOG POST #170: This week, I’m sharing research on specific criminal cases involving 5th-grade students—15 girls to be exact—a superintendent, school principal, math teacher, and teacher’s aide.

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Recording A Bully

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I’ve said this before and will say over and over—schools aren’t equipped to stop bullying without cooperation from parents and possibly law enforcement. Teachers and principals aren’t police officers, bullying is hostile, it’s angry, and dealing with it is asking too much from an educator.

Many parents feel helpless and hopeless when it comes to dealing with their child’s bully. They expect the school can and should “nip it in the bud.” This case is a perfect example of how frustrated parents are about bullying.

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Unscrupulous Administrator

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Abuse of public funds. Fleecing of America. Whatever spin you want to put on stealing money from schools—plain and simple, it’s beyond stupid.

To begin with, schools don’t have a lot of money, so when someone spends extravagantly or steals, eventually someone will notice.

Schools regularly have other agencies and independent auditors reviewing the books. Eventually, someone will notice when money goes missing or a payment looks suspicious.

BLOG POST #156: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving an unscrupulous associate superintendent.

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