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  • Wandering Eye: Foo Fighters' outrageous photo policy, Kacey Musgraves' humor, and more

    Wandering Eye: Foo Fighters' outrageous photo policy, Kacey Musgraves' humor, and more
    The Washington City Paper (no relation) has a deep profile of Jeff Mills, the D.C. school system's former food czar-turned-whistleblower. Tens of millions of dollars in overpayments for food bought to throw away have not quelled the district's enthusiasm for Chartwells, its private school-lunch contractor, writes Jeffrey Anderson (a former Baltimore City Paper reporter). And the public knows about it all only because of Mills. "I didn't feel like I had a choice," Mills tells Anderson. "If it were business in the private sector I would have walked away. But school food services affect kids' lives. I grew up in the program, so I kept banging my head against walls." The story is not so cut and dried. D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee was closing schools during the contract period. School lunch programs rely on a per-meal federal reimbursement, and counting these meals in an era of salad bars, "grab-and-go" breakfast options, and other innovations can't be easy. Add in vendor reimbursements (a big sticking point in the contract Mills administered) and you've got a complicated problem to manage. Most school systems do food service in house, and most break even or realize a small surplus, Anderson writes. Not D.C. though—and apparently that's the way the big bosses like it: "Internal DCPS emails show the harder Mills tried, the more resistance he met. In Jan. 2012, as DCPS was about to re-bid the contract, Mills wrote to incoming Chief Operating Officer Anthony DeGuzman and challenged the assumptions DCPS had made in privatizing food services. For instance, from 2003 to 2007, DCPS paid more than $6 million per year to subsidize gaps in the federal reimbursement program, Mills wrote. That amount had since increased by $2 million each year. Revenue projections were off by $6 million per year. Average net losses came out to $10 million per year." Things are no better now, apparently, yet D.C. school officials are trying to renew Chartwells' contract: "DCPS is pulling the same game they did in 2012," says Mills. "They submit the Chartwells contract at the last possible minute and then say the kids won't eat if they don't approve it. It's disgusting." (Edward Ericson Jr.)
  • Hedge Fund Managers Back Charter Schools, Democrats' Campaigns

    Hedge Fund Managers Back Charter Schools, Democrats' Campaigns
    HARTFORD — Several Wall Street billionaires who have invested heavily in the expansion of charter schools contributed more than $200,000 to Democrats in the 2013-14 election cycle, helping Gov. Dannel P. Malloy secure re-election. The campaign...

    CPS principal training deal got green light despite red flags

    CPS principal training deal got green light despite red flags
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's formula for fixing Chicago Public Schools has always put a priority on building better leaders, so it could have been a setback for the mayor's agenda when a prominent education nonprofit balked at funding a training program for...

    Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson denies new sexual harassment allegations

    Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson denies new sexual harassment allegations
    New sexual harassment allegations have been leveled against Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who fired back Thursday, saying the claim had “absolutely no merit.” According to the claim filed last month by Estrellita Ilee Muller, who used to...

    Teachers sue to join union without paying for political activities

    Teachers sue to join union without paying for political activities
    An advocacy group has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop teachers unions in California from using member dues for political purposes unless individual instructors provide their permission. The effort, if successful, could weaken the influence of these...