Category Archives: Conflict of Interest

Prospecting for School Districts with Debt Capacity

As Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD’s) stakeholders watch to determine whether its bond ballot referendum for $191.525 million (plus interest) will pass or fail on September 12th, there is an interesting discussion in some of the comments sections of … Continue reading

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The Proper Role of An Iowa School Board President

The contract between the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) and Stephen Murley, its Superintendent, has been in the news lately. Specifically, the contract (see here  at sections 13c and 15 has come into question because it allows superintendent Murley to … Continue reading

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Barbara Bryd-Bennett’s Guilty Plea: A Case Study of a School Board’s Failed Management

School board members, taxpayers, and parents everywhere can learn important lessons from the events leading up to the recent federal indictment of and eventual guilty plea by Barbara Bryd-Bennett, the former head of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), in connection with her relationship … Continue reading

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It’s Not Far to Chicago: School Districts, Public Bidding, and Possible Conflicts of Interest

Demonstrating why school districts everywhere should utilize a transparent bidding process, the Chicago Public Schools’ district has earned bad publicity and a federal investigation for its failure to solicit bids for an approximate $20 million dollar contract it awarded to The SUPES … Continue reading

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