What a week for Broward teachers. First, Pat Santeramo spends a few days in jail for looting the BTU coffers and making illegal campaign contributions. Then, John Tarka (D-Dont shake my hand) says Pat’s cohorts in crime will keep their BTU leadership positions.
But they’ve saved the worst for last. Our schoolhouse mole says the BTU IS GOING TO RAISE THE AMOUNT OF DUES EACH TEACHER PAYS.
The good news? There will be a big back-to-school BBQ at Pat’s waterfront mansion in August. Food and drinks not included.
Until today, many assumed most of the illegal BTU campaign contributions were directed to Alex Sink’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign. “Incident 34” in the Patrick Santeramo “Warrant To Arrest” states: “There were also political contributions made by Leonard and Arnetta Lee for the 2010 campaign to elect Nora Rupert to the Broward County School Board at the request of Mr. Santeramo, with the understanding that they would be reimbursed.”
Last March, Mr. Lee, deputy director of AFT Southeast Region, was charged with a single count of Campaign Contribution Violations, a misdemeanor. He received probation.
There is no evidence or allegation that School Board Member Rupert was aware of Santeramo’s scheme.