CPS says 12 principals abused free-lunch program

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CHICAGO (AP) — Twelve Chicago Public Schools principals and assistant principals are accused of falsifying documents to get free or reduced lunches for their own children.

CHICAGO (AP) — Twelve Chicago Public Schools principals and assistant principals are accused of falsifying documents to get free or reduced lunches for their own children.

CPS and the Office of Inspector General announced Friday that the administrators have been removed pending due process hearings that could result in discipline or termination.

They say the highly paid administrators allegedly completed false forms indicating their own children qualified for the federal meals program, which is based on family size and income.

Chicago schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard says the district "will not stand for any lapse in ethical judgment" by its leaders.

Inspector General James Sullivan says his office has found 55 CPS employees who’ve falsified lunch forms in the past four years, but the alleged involvement of the principals proves the problem is systemic.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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