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EdWeek Roundup: The Rezko Trial and the Other New York Scandal

I have two stories in next week's Education Week that I thought might bear mentioning here.

The first involves the Chicago corruption trial of businessman Antoin "Tony" Rezko. What does that have to do with education? Find out in my story here. But I'll also give you a clue. Many of the federal government's fraud charges involve Rezko's alleged role in manipulating investment contracts of the Illinois Teachers' Retirement System.

For those who really like digging into legal documents, the government's indictment is here, a key "proffer" detailing its case is here, and a response by Rezko's lawyers is here. (The last two are thanks to the Chicago Tribune.)

Also in next week's EdWeek, I have a short item about the scandal in New York state over school districts that put their school attorneys on the full-time payroll, which allowed them to qualify for state pensions. My story is here, and my earlier blog item is here.

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