September 13, 2014

Scandals and Terror Connection in IL School System

By Mark Wachtler

September 13, 2014. Schaumburg, IL. (ONN) Illinois’ highest publicly paid educator is proud friends with the global terrorist and military dictator who protected and hid Osama bin Laden from US forces after 9/11. The deposed military dictator is also charged with treason and the assassination of Pakistani reform Prime Minister Mrs. Benazir Bhutto. We’re talking about former Pakistani strongman Pervez Musharraf and his friend, the highest paid educator in Illinois, Mohsin Dada from Schaumburg.

IL top paid educator Mohsin Dada with deposed dictator Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf was found aiding and hiding Osama bin Laden after 9/11. He’s also been indicted for the murder of Pakistan’s pro-democracy Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Image courtesy of MohsinDada.com.

Normally, we wouldn’t openly connect an Illinois school administrator with Osama bin Laden and international terrorism. But in the case of Schaumburg School District 54’s Mohsin Dada, we’ll make an exception. Dada still proudly proclaims his admiration for jailed Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf, complete with pictures of the two together prominently displayed on Mohsin Dada’s own personal website. Not to be outdone, there are also plenty of pictures of Mohsin Dada with Hillary Clinton. Maybe that explains why he rakes in a half million dollars per year, compliments of Illinois taxpayers, even though he’s embroiled in scandals and lawsuits.

Open the Books on IL school spending

‘At OpenTheBooks.com today, we released our SNAPSHOT™ Spending Report for 928 IL school districts,’ the announcement from Open The Books began, ‘Each report covers pensions, salaries, and vendor spending. Each individual school district is bench marked on spending vs. consumer price index (CPI) inflation.’

For the past few years, the taxpayer watchdogs at Open The Books have been forcing federal, state and local governments to make their spending public. Slowly but surely, sometimes with a court order forcing them, cities like Chicago and counties like Cook released every itemized expense down to the penny. What we’ve discovered since then, is that there’s a reason government spending is so secretive. It’s riddled with corruption.







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Open The Books founder and Chairman Adam Andrzejewski happily used his own town’s school spending as a typical example of what they found when looking at education spending across Illinois. “In my hometown of Hinsdale, the salary spending since 2000 is up over 76% vs. inflation,” Andrzejewski reports, “The average salary is over $105,000 and 223 employees make over $100,000 per year. Incredibly, the teachers are threatening to strike.”

Under-paid teachers

We’ve all heard the non-stop television commentators informing us that America’s teachers and their fellow school administrators are insultingly under-paid. But with an average salary of $105,000 per year, more and more taxpayers are waking up to the truth. The following are only a few examples our friends from Open The Books discovered.

  • Teachers only fund the first year and a half of their own retirement pensions, on average. The taxpayers pay their six-figure pensions and equally expensive health insurance for the rest of their lives after that.
  • 5,930 retired educators in Illinois collect a pension of over $100,000 per year. That number is skyrocketing by 24% per year based on the most recent filings.
  • Mohsin Dada, the Schaumburg schools business administrator who openly brags about his friendship with former Pakistani dictator and the man who aided and hid Osama bin Laden, takes home $494,000 per year. His yearly salary is $239,895. But he also receives a retirement pension of $254,700 per year. How’d he get such a huge pension, while still working? The Illinois taxpayers mysteriously gave him a raise from $156,160 to $358,750 in the months before he retired the first time. And Illinois government employee pensions are based on their pay rate on their final day on the job.
  • Also at the top of the list of highly paid school employees is Sandra Renner of Oak Brook District 53. She retired with a pension of $210,480 per year, which has now risen to $288,240 every year for the rest of her life.


  • Taxpayers funding unions. ‘In 2013, nearly $40,000,000 was paid out to various unions,’ the report from Open The Books reveals, ‘Illinois Education Association and National Education Association received the most. But even the Teamsters received funding.’
  • ‘In 2013, over $11.1 million was spent on taxi cabs,’ the report also points out, ‘with over $71,000,000 in payments since 2006.’
  • The taxpayer watchdog also asks why Illinois schools paid $55,000,000 to ‘consultants’ when their own administrators are so highly paid?
  • Luxury hotels. A search of the Illinois school system’s 2013 spending for hotel bills revealed quite a few. With Illinois taxpayers paying the tab, school officials spent $1.2 million at Marriotts and Hyatts. But they only spent $1,359 at Red Roof Inn and $16,405 Super 8 and Motel 6. All together, taxpayers spent $4,000,000 last year putting school employees up at hotels.

To view the full report, visit OpenTheBooks.com.

 

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