The Chicago Public Schools system is suffering from a $700 million budget shortfall. So why did some educators travel to Las Vegas just days after a travel restriction was ordered?
CBS 2′s Dave Savini and the Better Government Association investigated questionable spending of school tax dollars and how children are impacted.
Former Scammon Elementary School teacher Laura Hoffman is angry that 14 of her Chicago Public School co-workers went on an all-expense paid trip to a Las Vegas resort and spa for a conference last year.
“That’s what happened. Does it make sense? No,” Hoffman said. “I think parents need to be aware what is happening.”
Hoffman quit her job at Scammon Elementary last year and says school officials should not have spent the $15,000 on the conference in Las Vegas while city schools are hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.
I'm willing to have my mind changed here, but I don't see anything wrong with attending a conference in Las Vegas if--and it's a big if--there was something meaningful and useful to be gained by having the teachers attend.
Would it have been better somehow if the conference had been held in Modesto, CA rather than Las Vegas?