POLITICS/EDUCATION: Los Angeles Unified School District, PUC Schools, food service contracts: "L.A. Unified will investigate food service contracts at PUC charters" ....
***Following up on earlier item noted here (Los Angeles Unified School District, PUC Schools (charter), food service contract awards)....
* Los Angeles Times: "L.A. Unified will investigate food-service contracts at PUC charters" - From the LAT:
L.A. Unified Supt. Ramon C. Cortines has asked for a district review of food service contracts at one of the region's largest charter school organizations. The move came after The Times on Sunday published the findings of a state investigation into PUC Schools which showed an alleged conflict of interest in the awarding of millions of dollars in food contracts.
The state probe examined the dual roles of Jacqueline Duvivier Castillo, who is part owner of Better 4 You Meals and also was, until Saturday, PUC's director of business and development. Better 4 You Meals has provided food to the charter group for the last five years, documents provided by the state showed. Investigators for the California Department of Education said the charter failed to demonstrate that the contract was "awarded properly despite the apparent conflict of interest."
In an email to The Times on Saturday, PUC said Duvivier Castillo would no longer be employed by the charter group.
Cortines said that he has asked the district's charter school division to look into the matter . . . . . . . .
The L.A. County district attorney's office indicated Monday that it expected another, separate probe to be conducted by L.A. Unified's inspector general. The D.A.'s office said it was premature to comment on whether laws could have been broken. "We will review the report by LAUSD's inspector general when it's completed," said D.A. spokeswoman Jane Robison.
It remained unclear Monday evening if such a review would be conducted. Inspector General Ken Bramlett said no decision had been made on whether he would conduct a separate investigation into the matter .....................