What Happened to Meritocracy – Bribery in US Schools

The rich and famous have always had a leg up on the best seats at first-class restaurants, high profile baseball games, and concerts.  None of us are immune to feeling the disgust as to the unfairness the almighty dollar causes in everyday life.  Wealthy Americans have been using monetary donations to get their kids into the best schools for years.  We all are aware of fraud, bribery, nepotism in corporate America yet when it comes to education, we don’t hear as much about the unfair act of bribery.

The recent news of this issue has shed much light on this unfair practice.  The act of dishonestly insights hatred to the highly respectable and hardworking students, teachers, and universities that do play fair.  The honest actors, students, business leaders, teachers and coaches have to feel the black eye of scrutiny.

 Address Fraud

Another issue today in schools is the practice of address fraud.  When parents are dishonest about where they and their children live and provide false proof of residency documents, they are risking felony for records tampering.  This practice causes lack of trust in the school district and poor morale of parents that play by the rules.   The effects of address fraud are far-reaching.  In the end it costs everyone involved.

Child Victim Act – What is this and will it affect my school district?

Child Victim Act, (CVA), was passed on Feb. 14th 2019.  Signed by Gov. Cuomo in NY State, it affects those New York school districts –  could your state follow ‘suit’?

The CVA was signed into law allowing alleged sexual assault victims to bring lawsuits (civil) until they turn 55 years old, previously was age 23.   The CVA provides a 1-year window to bring back old cases can expect to bring about lawsuits that were previously dormant due to the statute of limitations.

A victim, in a civil lawsuit, can claim their employer was negligent by turning a blind eye to the abuser’s actions.  School districts, churches, daycare centers are included in this pool and there is no cap on damages. Continue reading Child Victim Act – What is this and will it affect my school district?

Electronic preservation of school district documentation

Electronic conservation of school documents is fast becoming an attractive option for school districts. This advancement in technology, however, has posed some questions for schools:

  • Am I an archivist or record keeper?
  • Do students prefer school in a cloud?
  • What is your district’s carbon footprint?

Electronic preservation of school district documentation

Electronic conservation of documents, knowledge, and historical records in perpetuity is fast becoming an attractive option for school districts. When you consider that the average administrative person earns approximately $14.00 per hour in the United States, and factor in the expense of personnel manually entering student data, electronic preservation presents an extremely affordable alternative. Continue reading Electronic preservation of school district documentation

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