Chicago Public Schools Brew Up Scandal

Public schools get a bad rap: low test scores, lousy teachers, and inedible school lunches. But in one of the nation’s largest districts, you can get some mighty fine coffee.

The Chicago Tribune reveals that Chicago Public Schools laid out almost $70,000 for 30 cappuccino machines. Never mind that the machines aren’t actually being used in the culinary arts program they were destined for (the bulk of them aren’t being used at all, and one has even gone missing), or that the purchases were separated out so as to avoid school board scrutiny or the required competitive bids. These are the nation’s future baristas we’re talking about! Doesn’t their education count too? And hey, Chicago, while you’re at it, why not go all the way and get a Clover?

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