Thursday, January 08, 2009

Bureaucrats at Work

A sample of the “stimulus” plan. The Chicago Government School System recently shelled out $67,000 for: Cappuccino machines.

Universally recognized as the key to the renaissance of American Education, the bureaucrats felt the need, not only for 21 machines, but the need to circumvent the standard ordering process as well:

Chicago public school bureaucrats skirted competitive bidding rules to buy 30 cappuccino/espresso machines for $67,000, with most of the machines going unused because the schools they were ordered for had not asked for them, according to a report by the CPS Office of Inspector General.”

Even more humorous is the following comment from the Inspector General, Mr. James Sullivan:

We also look at it as a waste of money because the schools didn't even know they were getting the equipment, schools didn't know how to use the machines and weren't prepared to implement them into the curriculum,”

Implementing cappuccino machines into the curriculum?

I’m not convinced that major studies have shown a positive correlation between cappuccino consumption and improvements in math, reading, science, or shop score performance. A machine or two for the cooking / restaurant management vocational program might be plausible. 21 machines? I don’t think so.

These wonderful public servants also been busy forging transcripts for “student” athletes, and arranging special school assignments for their relatives.

The entire report has a depressing, “just another day at the office” feel to it.

Apparently the Chicago Government School System has simply decided to throw in the towel on actually teaching anything, and has decided that it’s simpler to make life as pleasant as possible for the inmates.

But didn’t Obama fix this mess already?