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Crime Doesn’t Pay, but it Won’t Hurt Your Pension

From California, yet another case of fraud in the education system: As the L.A. Times reports, a Beverly Hills superintendent gave his assistant “a $20,000 stipend” and an enhanced car allowance without even so much as asking the school board. And his malfeasance won’t affect his pension benefits, which will kick in when he turns sixty:

A conviction for Hubbard on any of the three felonies he faces for alleged misappropriation of public funds could result in prison time or probation and lead to the loss of his credentials, but nothing in current law would affect his pension with the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, according to a CalSTRS spokesman.

Despite an out of control budget, California has one of the worst reputations for education of any state. Sometimes California will open a new high school named after a family with political clout in the state and claim that the unveiling represents a “new frontier,” but when it comes to test scores and accountability the state has demonstrated complacence with “more of the same.”

The retirement bonuses of one possible felon are not what saddled California with a crippling  state pension liability of $500 billion, but this is an anecdotal example of how deeply entrenched the blue social model has become in the Golden State. A few months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that California’s overcrowded prisons constituted cruel and unusual punishment and that it could no longer incarcerate all of its criminals. Today, we learn that it isn’t allowed to stop paying some of them either.

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  • Leon B

    Thank God Bard has an MAT program associated with their public schools.

  • CuriousG

    This insanity is not limited to California. Our own beloved Empire State is currently paying almost $80,000 a year in pension to former Schenectady School District facilities manager and convicted arsonist Steve Raucci. He continues to collect this pension while serving his 23 years to life in Clinton Correctional for crimes committed on the job. Not only that, but this money is off limits for his victims to collect, by ruling of state Supreme Court Justice Roger McDonough.

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