As Chris Rock used to say, “Nobody goes to Hooters for the wings.”
And it’s true this time also. In this case, teachers from Waterloo, Iowa wanted $30 steak dinners. Plus, they wanted you to pay for them:
In Vegas, one teacher used taxpayer money at a Hooters restaurant, and others bought $30 steaks and submitted receipts that weren’t itemized, so the district had no way of knowing what was bought. A number included expenses for incidentals, such as snacks, which district policy forbids, records requested by Iowa Watchdog show.
In all, the district spent $32,910, which included airfare, hotel rooms and registration for the conferences, to train staff on ways to improve schools with high poverty and large minority-student populations. The money came from a $4.4 million pot of federal school improvement money awarded to Lincoln Elementary andCarver Middle schools.
What the what?
Don’t they know who’s watching all that money?!
That’s right! Joe “BFD” Biden. I’m sure they are terrified now!
That money was earmarked for low performing schools, not steak dinners delivered by scantily clad women in tight shirts and shorty-shorts:
Waterloo and Des Moines school districts were the only two to receive the first round of federal grants, which provided money to turn around their lowest achieving schools within three years. The two, in return, promised to extend learning time, tie teacher and principal evaluations to student achievement, and provide teacher incentives to boost retention and reward student gains.
The districts, however, largely failed to make good on those assurances in the first year, a recent Iowa Watchdog review showed.
The Waterloo superintendent excoriated the group of teachers, saying:
“Looking at it, they made good decisions.”
The teachers were in Las Vegas for training, because they don’t have training for teachers in Iowa, except at the universities and colleges like Iowa State, University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa. And probably at community colleges. And online.
So of course they had to go to Vegas.
Is there a single part of this story that makes any sense?