ERIC Number: EJ759404
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan-12
Reference Count: N/A
Ethics Issues Snare School Leaders
Borja, Rhea R.
Education Week, v24 n18 p1, 16-17 Jan 2005
This article reports on ethics issues involving school leaders. Some superintendents have landed in murky ethical waters for their ties to for-profit companies, highlighting the temptations administrators face as industry and education increasingly intersect. Some questionable judgments by superintendents--from accepting company-paid trips to failing to disclose income from district vendors--have sparked proposed legislation in at least two states to curb some of the dealings educators may have with companies that market to school districts. In suburban Houston, for example, Superintendent Yvonne Katz of the Spring Branch Independent School District recommended Energy Education Inc., an energy-conservation company based in Wichita Falls, Texas, for a lucrative five-year contract with the district to improve energy efficiency. But she neglected to tell the school board that she worked for the company on the side as a consultant and had done so for several years. In addition, a close subordinate she brought into the district, former facilities and transportation associate superintendent Michael C. Maloney, has been indicted for alleged mishandling of at least $627,000 in school construction and consulting contracts.
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Superintendents, Ethics, Conflict of Interest, Contracts, Consultants, State Legislation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Texas