Klein Tells NYC DOE to Stop Ethical and Conflict of Interest Abuses, But Who's Watching...or Listening?
NYC Chancellor Joel Klein has told his staff that nepotism and other ethical abuses within the Department of Education will not be allowed. But this ruling is not new,his Deputy Chancellor did not follow this rule and neither did the Chief Counsel to the Chancellor, so our question is:
What is different now? Who is really watching these corrupt practices and doing something about them?
Joel Klein's administration is the most secretive that New Yorkers have ever seen.
SCHOOL JOB HOOK-UPS OVER: KLEIN
By CARL CAMPANILE (NY POST)
May 21, 2004 -- Schools Chancellor Joel Klein warned educrats to steer clear of using their powers to hire relatives or business partners - just months after a nepotism scandal involving a top deputy.
Klein wrote a letter to Department of Education employees reminding them "they are prohibited from having any involvement with the hiring, employment or supervision of relatives."
The stern notice comes after former Deputy Chancellor Diana Lam was ousted for using her influence last year to try to land her husband an administrative job in the school system.
An investigation by schools prober Richard Condon found that Lam abused her office, and she was ousted in March.
The same probe also criticized the legal department for allegedly mishandling the matter, triggering the resignation of its director.
The chancellor listed the anti-nepotism rules as the most "critical" item in his weekly communiqué to top brass, supervisors and principals.
And Klein noted that the law covers more than just family members.
"An employee cannot have any involvement in getting a job for her first cousin, tenant or roommate with the DOE," he noted.
A school official or staffer is permitted to tell relatives or financial associates about a job posting, but is barred from giving any other aid.
DOE employees are also prohibited from recommending a contractor to hire a relative or financial partner, the memo states.
And education officials cannot buy goods or services for the DOE from a relative or financial associate.