CPS watchdog: Retired teachers wrongly received benefit pay

January 5, 2012

By The Associated Press

The inspector general for Chicago Public Schools says retired teachers working as substitutes improperly collected $1.13 million in benefits between 2007 and 2011.

That was among the findings in an annual report on investigations into possible waste, fraud and financial mismanagement in Chicago public education.

The new report says the school district improperly paid the retired teachers for holiday, vacation and sick time when they worked as substitute teachers. The school district's payroll system doesn't prevent retired teachers from receiving the payments, but a system update to prohibit the payments is now scheduled as a result of the investigation.

Inspector General James Sullivan recommends the district tighten its controls and try to recover money improperly paid. The full report is available on the inspector general's website.