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Report: Plea Deal Reached In Broward Teachers Union Scandal

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From Media Trackers Florida:

“Today, a senior law enforcement official confirmed to Media Trackers Florida that Bernie Schultz, a Union first vice-president will enter into a plea agreement to lesser charges in exchange for testimony against Santeramo and others. The official believes this illegal union practice has gone on for many election cycles but the statute of limitations may prevent further charges.”

Does FBI Investigation Of Democrat Congressman’s Son And Charter Schools Have Ties To Broward County?

Rep Chaka Fattah and President Obama

Silly question, right? Last week, FBI raided several Philadelphia offices as part of an ongoing investigation of Chaka “Chip” Fattah, Jr. He is the son of US Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Pennsylvania). According to the Philadelphia Inquirer,

“Federal authorities are investigating why a company owned by the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was paid $450,000 by an education firm that has received millions in contracts from the Philadelphia School District, according to sources familiar with the probe.

Agents from the FBI and U.S. Treasury Department served two search warrants early Wednesday for Chaka Fattah Jr.’s records, the first at his apartment at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton.

They also seized Fattah’s records and a computer from the Logan Square law office of David T. Shulick. He is president of Delaware Valley High School, a for-profit company that contracts with school districts to educate students with discipline problems.”

So, where is the South Florida angle? Enter Mikel Jones, a south Florida lawyer and “childhood friend” of Congressman Fattah. Once again, the Inquirer provides details:

“The FBI has been asking questions about Fattah Jr.’s business operations for at least a year.

In January 2011, agents went to the South Florida home of Mikel Jones, a lawyer and childhood friend of Fattah Sr., as part of an investigation into Jones’ finances.

During a daylong conversation, they also asked Jones why he had paid more than $90,000 to 259 Strategies and to American Royalty, another Fattah Jr. firm that provided luxury services to well-heeled clients, according to an FBI document that summarized the conversation.

It surfaced last year in a federal fraud case against Jones. He was convicted and is appealing.

Jones, who ran a personal injury law firm, told the agents that he hired the younger Fattah to help expand his business – and because Fattah had ‘access,’ the document said.”

Who is Mikel  Jones? Oh, just a former aide to Broward’s own Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-Impeached).

Last November, the Broward/Palm Beach New Times reported,

“Mikel Jones, a former aide to Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings, was convicted for his role in a scheme to defraud a New York venture capital fund that financed the operation of his Philadelphia law firm.

Jones, a 55-year-old Boynton Beach resident, was convicted of conspiracy, money laundering, 14 counts of wire fraud, and 14 counts of mail fraud. His wife, Dona Nichols Jones, was convicted of conspiracy, money laundering, and 14 counts of wire fraud.”

Charter schools have become the bastion of the well-connected. More to come…

Mikel Jones

Broward Schools Offering OBAMA 101 To Our Kids, Again? Obama Adviser To “Pitch” Policy To Broward Students

You shouldn’t be shocked by the amount of political indoctrination heaped upon the school kids in Broward county. We showed you the pro-Obama education talking points supplied to Broward teachers. We hear stories of pro-Democrat announcements (paging Debbie Wasserman Schultz D-Out Of Touch). And don’t forget about all the Democrat politicians and candidates that visit the schools during election years.

According to the Sun-Sentinel. on Wednesday, President Obama’s top environmental adviser will visit South Plantation High School.

Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, will also promote the president’s climate-change policies at the first annual Climate Leadership Conference in Weston on Wednesday afternoon.

Her visit and the conference will put South Florida in the spotlight as a leading example of climate change and energy issues. Environmentalists say Florida is especially vulnerable to the consequences of global warming because much of it is just above sea level.

Sutley will tour South Plantation High School at 9:30 a.m. to call attention to the school’s energy savings through upgrades, including advanced lighting, water and ventilation systems.

Sutley also plans to talk with students about the president’s energy policies, outlined in his State of the Union address. And she will promote his pitch for modernizing and rebuilding schools to prepare students for future jobs.

Wait. What? Why on Earth is Ms. Sutley talking to our kids about programs outlined in the State of the Union Address? Why is she “pitching” anything to our kids, let alone environmental policies timed to benefit a re-election campaign? Has anyone warned the parents at South Plantation High School? Did they give permission to have their kids attend a pro-Obama political rally?

Here is Ms. Sutley’s bio from the White House website:

Prior to her appointment, Sutley was the Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment for the city of Los Angeles, California. She represented Los Angeles on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and served on the California State Water Resources Control Board from 2003- 2005. Sutley also worked for California Governor Gray Davis as Energy Advisor, managing state and federal regulations, legislative affairs, finances and press relations.

ABC NEWS wrote about Sutley’s work as a Democrat political operative:

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa turned to Sutley to help him in his goal to transform L.A. into ‘the greenest big city in America,’ and Sutley has been on the case, retrofitting 500 of the city’s oldest buildings to make them more energy efficient and imposing environmental standards on new large commercial buildings.

Sutley was an energy advisor to Gov. Gray Davis, was deputy secretary for policy and intergovernmental relations within the California Environmental Protection Agency, and served on the California State Water Resources Control Board.

During the Democratic primaries, Sutley was on Sen. Hillary Clinton’s California Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender steering committee. The move by President-elect Obama to appoint someone who is a gay rights activist to a prominent position in his administration came after pressure mounting from the LGBT community.

Democrats may be tempted to say, “HOLD ON RED BROWARD, Ms Sutley is a scientest who will talk to our kids about the scientific aspects of environmental policies and well as give her scientific opinion of the great works of the South Plantation students.” Bunk. The NEW YORK TIMES gave Ms Sutley’s “scientific” qualifications:

holds a B.A. in government from Cornell and an M.A. in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard … a Mets fan and a devotee of Wallace and Gromit, the British claymation-style movie series about a scatterbrained inventor who is overly fond of cheese and his precocious dog

So, we ask again, WHY IS THIS WOMAN “PITCHING” OBAMA POLICIES TO BROWARD SCHOOL KIDS?

 

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