The JS today reports that Rosella Tucker, charged with embezzling $300,000 from an MPS charter school, is receiving money to tutor MPS kids who attend low-performing schools.
Well, that sucks. Shouldn't happen.
What the story doesn't quite say is that MPS doesn't have any choice about whether Ms. Tucker tutors kids or not. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provides a list of people and companies approved to provide the supplementary services. MPS cannot filter the list, cannot pick and choose among those vendors.
The DPI has no information on the financial health of Sherbro Educational Services and isn't scheduled to receive any until Tucker files required paperwork in September of this year, said Patrick Gasper, a spokesman for the state agency.
Would DPI be so lackadaisical if Ms. Tucker was accused of asssault and battery, or some other crime of violence? Ms. Tucker hasn't had her day in court and deserves a presumption of innocense, but it does seem odd to keep her on a list of people approved to teach kids. Just what, pray tell, is she teaching them?